Arvin presenting to other students on the scheme.

Arvin presenting to other students on the scheme.

Year 12 students Kornelia Narymska; Fabian Thomas; Harjeevan Gill; Karan Bhonsle; Naima Mahmud; Shivani Parkash; Arvin Khan; Eisa Khalifa; Gursimran Bibi; and Soroosh Durani were all involved in the Sussex Study Experience launch event which was held on Wednesday 17th December at Sussex university. This scheme is aimed at students who do not have a family university background and they were selected through a rigorous application progress. They are now being supported in their subject specialism and will be expected to attend three more challenging educational days to help prepare them for applying to university and a provide them with a range of study support skills.

After a welcome to the programme the students participated in a ‘Future Thinking Workshop’ by Karim El-Abbas from Enlighten Education. He showed the SSE cohort the value of positive thinking and advanced memory techniques which will be very useful during their studies. After a lunch and campus tour with the undergraduate student ambassadors. The students had their first academic session, which provided an overview of what they will be covering during the programme. From there, in the same groups, each subject strand had to present to the group about why their subject should be saved from an invading alien army who wish to destroy one subject forever! The presentations were well-structured and often hilarious. Students reported that they felt that they were able to really experience what university would be like and it was helping them to make informed choices in regards to their future. This is one of the many programmes that year 12 students are encouraged to apply to in order to gain university experience.

Students presenting their ideas.