What have you been up to since leaving the Academy?
I left Shotton Hall in 2014 and went on to study economics at Durham University, where I graduated from in 2019. I then moved to Glasgow to work for a public services firm on their graduate scheme, with placements in hospitals, railway companies and naval bases.
I’ve since then moved to London and have been promoted as the company’s youngest ever Business Development Manager. I also do some work on the side as the Macroeconomics Editor for an investment services firm that deals with the world’s biggest hedge funds and banks.
What do you remember most about your time at Shotton Hall?
I loved being involved in the school plays. I had the opportunity to act alongside some really talented students and it was just great fun. The adrenaline rush from performing in front of hundreds on performance night was such an incredible feeling.
How do you think your school days helped you prepare for what you do now?
My time at Shotton Hall, especially in drama lessons, really helped to build my confidence. It’s a crucial ability that can have an influence on every part of your life, from building friendships to navigating the business world. I owe it to my teachers and friends at school for making me the person I am today (especially Mrs Cook, my lovely drama teacher!).
What has been the highlight of your life, so far, after leaving school?
Living and working in London. It’s such a different world and I’m trying something new almost every night. I’ve always wanted to move down here so it was a big life goal for me. The city offers me opportunities and connections that I wouldn't get anywhere else.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you keep waiting for the perfect time to do something, it’ll never come. You have to be prepared to take a leap of faith if you want to get the most out of life.
As someone who was born profoundly deaf, I also wanted to say that if you have a disability, never let it stop you from aiming high. I’m a much more resilient and adaptable person because of my hearing loss. When you’re young it can be really tough having a disability, but one day you’ll look back and realise you’re a better person because of it.