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St Mary's alumnae extol their university experiences

St Mary's alumnae extol their university experiences

We were delighted last week to welcome back two of our Class of 2021 to a learning lunch, where they shared their experiences of university with our current Sixth Form students.

Both Bella Tam and Maja Seremak spoke enthusiastically, both from an academic viewpoint and from a social aspect, citing the importance of a balanced approach to both.

Bella is studying Architecture and Environmental Design at Nottingham University, following a passion which saw her designing a garment in the Gothic style for her Sixth Form EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) and realising that her creativity could have a far wider application in the world of architecture.

She describes her course as: 

"A good balance of technical and artistic expression".

Next year will see her continuing her studies at the China campus of Nottingham University.

Maja "spoke from the heart" when giving advice about her Classics course at Peterhouse, Cambridge. She explained that she always wanted to study Humanities because of the opportunities to delve into a vast range of topics, from linguistics to history, applying logical thinking and attention to detail in her highly flexible course.

She finds it an enriching experience to connect with so many people, not just those in her year, and strongly advises that staying on top of your work is vital, giving you time to enjoy wider interests.

While keeping up with the work, she is keen to point out that: 

"There is much more to the university journey than just the academic lifestyle; it is all about the balance, to become a well-rounded individual.

This may explain why she is Club Secretary of the renowned Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club!

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