During the final year of my studies at a large school in Bristol, I underwent 4th-degree scoliosis surgery which resulted in a prolonged absence from school, in addition to severe back pain. Upon my eventual return to school, It became pretty clear to me that my A2 year was going to be much tougher than would have been the case had I not had to have my spine repaired. I eventually managed to make it through the year, performing well in my subjects, albeit not as well as I--nor my teachers (who had predicted me slightly higher grades)--would have liked. Thus, I decided to enroll at Cherwell College to retake a few modules, where both my spine and my academic attainment made a steady recovery.
I applied to Cherwell for convenience and quality. It has provided a space for me to refresh the content that I had missed during my medical-related absence from school without the burden of unnecessarily stringent regulations. Moreover, it allowed me to refresh this content with the assistance of a large group of highly qualified and passionate teachers.
What I've most enjoyed about the teaching at Cherwell is the emphasis on application, as opposed to just regurgitation of theory. When my Chemistry tutor, Kevin, incorporated his experience working as a chemist to practical topics such as recrystallization and titration, I was able to observe these topics through the lens of their real-life impacts on individuals and society as a whole, rather than just as scribblings in a textbook to memorize.
Cherwell College has allowed me to recover seamlessly from one of the most painful medical experiences I've ever had. It has also provided me with a space free from distractions where I could discuss ideas with similarly motivated students and faculty.
Starting this Autumn, I plan to either study Mathematics & Economics at New York University in Manhattan or pursue an Economics BSc at Warwick or Exeter. Currently, the NYC option seems more appealing given the diversity of the city, the glamour of Madison Square Garden and the proximity to the financial powerhouse that is Wall Street.