Nigel is a Year 10 student at Sydney Russell School in Dagenham, East London. Nigel took part in a Future First alumni workshop in December, introducing Year 10s to pathways post-GCSE, and this is what he had to say.
Meeting former students has been very informative because I was confused about what I wanted to do after GCSEs and it really gave me the knowledge I needed. I think it will be beneficial to me in the long-run.
It makes a difference hearing from a former student because they are more relatable to our circumstances and they’ve been in our environment when they were my age, so I’m more inclined to listen to them than someone else.
Now I know that former students have been successful, it lets me know that I have a chance to be successful as well. I feel like it was very inspiring and I will be able to become my best self.
It has improved my confidence and my motivation, by letting me know where they made their mistakes so that I can avoid them. For example, one of them talked about revising from Year 10 - I think that’s one of the things I need to focus on - so that has motivated and inspired me to go forward and revise consistently.
Before I met the former students, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do - I had an idea, but it was a bit confusing. The thing I’ll take home from today is that I will be able to be successful in the future - because I have seen their stories - and as long as I stay motivated and consistent in my studies, I will be able to reach whatever goal I have.
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