Why did you apply for the programme?

I applied to the Sutton Trust Summer School at Imperial College London as I was informed at school about the summer schools, so I used their website to browse the different university choices for my preferred subject of Physics. Prior to this, I had not done much research on universities and Imperial stuck out to me because the description of the summer school seemed exciting and I had never really visited London before, so I thought it would be a great experience if I was to be given a place.

Did you have any worries before attending?

When I got my place I was really excited but also very nervous as it was going to be one of my first experiences travelling on my own. The train journey was alright although the tube was a bit frightening for the first time. I finally managed to get to Imperial and I just had no idea what to expect. The summer school greatly exceeded my expectations and I had the most amazing week I could have asked for. It was so easy to make friends and it was incredible to meet so many people from different backgrounds and cultures and really experience what university, especially in London, is like.

What were your highlights of the programme?

One of the best memories for me was having the chance to go to the theatre in London one evening and definitely the formal dinner we had on the last night. Even though the social activities were outstanding, the academic activities were so much better than I would have expected. We covered a variety of topics with each session being as interesting and engaging as the one before. Overall, my summer school experience at Imperial made me fall in love with Physics and consolidated that it is the subject I definitely will be applying to study.

What would you say to someone who is unsure about applying?

For anyone who is considering making an application, just do it because you’ve got nothing to lose and so much to gain. It has been such an unforgettable experience where I have made friends for life and gained some very important and useful life skills. Also, some advice would be is make the most of the mentors because they are actually studying there and they will be able to answer all of your questions about university honestly.