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We had the pleasure of interviewing one of our scholars recently, who joined our Bright Ambitions programme last term! Faith talks about how the programme has helped her improve areas that she struggled with, build her confidence and ultimately achieve her goals!
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Faith and I am 15 years old. I’m currently in Year 11. I’m very passionate about helping people and my hobbies are sports and cooking. I am part of the sports leadership team in my current school. My favourite sport is swimming and I have been part of a few swimming clubs, in which I have won several medals.
Why did you decide to join GT Scholars?
I joined GT Scholars to help build my self-confidence and improve on my weaknesses.
I saw some flyers at our school so I did a bit of research and I felt like GT Scholars had a lot to offer and decided that this was something I wanted to be a part of. This is because I wanted to help myself to gain more confidence with reading out in class and public speaking.
I saw that the mentoring sessions were good because I watched some of the videos and people were talking about it. I figured I needed help with maths too, as I was struggling through a few topics, so I felt like it was a good opportunity for me.
Did you have any other specific goals that you wanted to achieve by joining us and what were they?
I wanted to be more confident about achieving an A in my subjects, to ensure that I go to a good sixth form. I also wanted to be able to manage my time, organise my schedule properly, and be able to carry out specific tasks without holding on to them for too long.
And do you feel like you have reached these goals?
I think that I have reached these goals to an extent.
What was your favourite part of the programme?
My favourite part of the programme was when I spoke to my mentor about my goal of studying medicine after sixth form and the fear I had due to the criteria I have to meet. My mentor pointed me in the right direction, and I intend to use her advice. She provided me with articles in preparation for medical school, which I found useful.
I also didn’t feel confident about reading out in class or answering questions, even if I knew the answer but my mentor, Clare, created this exercise and told me to go and pick a part of my favourite book or write something on my own which I could read in our next session. I had to read it to her and analyse it. I think that helped me a lot because I was able to verbally analyse and express myself more, project my voice and take pauses when I needed to and she gave me very interesting feedback on how I could improve what I was doing.
Some of the feedback she told me was that I could work on pacing my voice. I could pause more in between what I was saying and I could try and add more expression to what I was trying to say. I think that feedback helped me a lot and I intend to use it.
What was the best thing that your tutor taught you?
I would say it was the circle theorem because we hadn’t done that in school yet. It really helped me to get ahead of the class and understand more. My tutor set exam questions from past papers and we looked over them and worked through them.
Can you tell us what your mentor and tutor are like?
My mentor, Clare, is a very supportive person. She helped me understand the process of going to medical school and some of the things I needed to do that would help me achieve my goal. Clare really worked towards my goals with me. She created schedules, timetables and everything that I needed to know to help me to achieve my goals.
My maths tutor, Sam, helped me to understand topics that I didn’t really get in class. He was very supportive, understanding and patient. I was struggling in maths and he took time off his day to help me with that. I feel like he has helped me achieve a higher grade. I’m going to keep working towards reaching my full potential.
What advice do you have for a scholar that’s thinking of joining one of our programmes?
I think that if someone wants to join this programme, it will be a very good idea because it helps to build your self-confidence. The programme also helps you get a better understanding of subjects that you may not understand and it shines a positive light on what you want to do. I would like to encourage all young people to join this programme because it’s going to help bring out the best in you and help shape you in what you want to achieve.