Another impressive success story was brought to us by our student Polie from Russia, who has been studying at Woldingham School and has accepted a place at the prestigious Durham University to study Spanish, Business and Theology as a part of the Liberal Arts programme after receiving A*AA at her A Levels. Polie has been studying in the UK since 2014 and loved her school. We were honoured to support Polie for the last seven years first helping her to choose the school and then with our guardianship. We wish her all the best for the future!
Interview with Polie
Did you like your UK school?
Overall, I loved my school! The friendships that I made there are very special. At the beginning, there were moments when I felt homesick, but I adapted well and soon my school became my second home where I spent seven unforgettable years.
What was the best / worst moment of your school life?
The best moment of my school life was being selected as house captain and everything to do with that role, such as organising Bonfire Night.
The worst moments were probably my last couple of days, when we were all bored of being treated as children and eager to leave school and go to university.
Would you choose this school again if you knew everything you know now?
I feel like the school I was at made me the person I am today — if I had different friends I would be someone else. Also I wouldn’t trade the amazing experience I had at my school for anything, so I would definitely choose it again and I think I would even choose to relive the 7 years all over.
What advice would you give to somebody who is just starting their UK school education?
The advice I’d give is to try to leave your comfort zone, for example getting involved in school clubs that you’ve never tried before and signing up for student roles such as tutor group rep. Also, the main thing about getting out of your comfort zone is becoming friends with people who aren’t from your home country, as that is what will make your school experience richer if you graduate being friends with people from all over the world! I’d also advise to enjoy and cherish every moment, as I’ve learnt that school years fly by.
What do you think you would be doing now if you didn't come to the UK to study?
I have no idea who I would be now if things worked out differently. My UK school and friends made me the person I am today, so it’s hard to imagine a different version of me. I’d say I would be going to university in Russia to pursue an English degree because that’s what I was good at before coming to the UK.
What university did you get into? Are you happy with your choice?
I got into Durham University to study Liberal Arts and I couldn’t be happier! Especially because I’m going with a couple of my very good friends, so I’m going to have a great time.
What are you planning to do in life? Will you stay in the UK in the future?
I’m going to study Spanish, Business and Theology and then I will do a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management and base my career on that. But going to university in the UK will bring me so many opportunities so who knows what I will end up doing!
I will definitely stay in the UK in the future as that is where my life is. But I can also see myself living in Barcelona!
If you are looking for help choosing the right school for your child or require guardianship support please contact us for a free consultation.