Three Blackpool Sixth students have recently received the amazing news that they have been offered places to study at Cambridge University.
Two former Hodgson Academy students Khushi Krishna and Mason Frudd have received offers. Khushi has an offer of a place to read economics at St. John’s College. Mason has an offer to read medicine at Jesus College. Sophie Lynn, who previously attended Unity Academy, has an offer to read psychology and behavioural Sciences at Queen’s College..
Khushi, who has her eye on a career in investment banking, said she had chosen to apply to Cambridge because, “I really wanted the opportunity to study at such a prestigious university where I can gain a really deep understanding of economics with people who are just as passionate about it. I also really admire the history of economics at Cambridge and wanted to be a part of it.”
She added, “I was completely shocked when I received my offer, but also ecstatic and proud that all my hard work paid off. My family were immensely proud of me, especially since I will be the first person in my family to study at Cambridge. My friends were also really excited for me.”
As someone aiming to enter the medical profession Mason said that he knew that getting an offer of a place at any medical school would be a major challenge. He commented, “Adding the extra complexity of applying to Cambridge and having to prepare for the different style of interview and admissions test motivated me even more to push myself beyond what I thought I could achieve.” He said that such was his shock at getting the news of the offer, he had to read the email informing him of the offer several times to check that he hadn’t misread it. He added, “However, it was not all joy as it was really upsetting not being able to give my nan a hug on what was perhaps the best news I have ever gotten in my life!”
Sophie said her main motivation to apply for Cambridge was that, “It is an institute recognised for its world-leading students and research, and I saw no reason to not aim for the very top if I will have gained so much through the experience regardless of whether I was accepted or not.”
She added, “My friends and family were very happy for me and it felt amazing to be able to prove to them and myself that I can be ambitious enough to have made such a huge achievement.” Beyond university, Sophie has her sights on postgraduate research in forensic psychology and criminology.
All three students are full of praise for the support and encouragement they have received from Blackpool Sixth staff throughout their time at Blackpool Sixth and especially during the application process to Cambridge. Sophie commented, “Sixth form made me feel very comfortable with what was going to happen next and how I should approach new challenges and I am very grateful to have been in such good hands during my application.”
The students are part of the Excellence Programme at Blackpool Sixth which provides an extremely extensive range of subject-based and extra-curricular activities and support for academic high-fliers. The programme includes specific help with the application and selection processes for the most prestigious universities such as Oxbridge, other Russell Group universities and medical schools.
Excellence Programme Co-ordinator, Peter Wright, commented, “We are delighted by the success of these three students and rightly proud of all of our students who are showing their determination to pursue their study and career goals. This has been a particularly challenging year for students to research their university choices, pull together their applications and go through extra selection tests and interviews, so Khushi, Mason and Sophie deserve particular congratulations for their hard work and dedication.”