QE Alumni inspire Sixth Formers to aim for Oxbridge

Former QE students, Tillie Clark and Anju Gaston, returned back to school on Thursday 21st September, to talk to our current Year 12 and 13 students who are hoping to apply to Cambridge or Oxford University or to study Dentistry or Medicine.

Tillie has just completed the first year of her Law degree at Cambridge and Anju has competed two years of her Human, Social and Political Sciences degree.

They gave advice to our Sixth Formers about writing personal statements, preparing for interviews and tests, and coping with the challenging workload. The support Tillie and Anju gave was invaluable, informed as it was by their own experience and that of friends who are studying at both Oxford and Cambridge. They also addressed some of the myths about Cambridge and spoke about the importance of self-belief in such a highly academic environment. If this all sounds very serious, there were also lots of amusing anecdotes about Cambridge life: things that surprised them, or that they had wished they had known and the interesting and sometimes eccentric people they had come across!

Anju and Tillie were inspiring role-models; their passion for their chosen area of study and their love of Cambridge life came across very clearly. They both kindly offered ongoing support for QE students hoping to follow in their path. Mrs Moran Mylett, English teacher at QE said “We are really grateful to them both for their time and wish them every success in what is sure to be a very bright future!”

Margaret Moran Mylett, English