Seventeen-year-old Neve Fairholme is studying A Level Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Art at Nottingham College’s High Pavement Sixth Form. She hopes to progress to university to study engineering.
“I chose High Pavement because I wanted a change of scenery and the chance to meet new people. Atmosphere is really important to me, so being in the City Centre, with lots of life around, was a good fit.
“At school you tend to stay in the same friendship group, but at a college like High Pavement, you get to meet a range of different people with different interests and backgrounds. You’re in the same position as everyone else when you start, and it forces you to reach outside of your comfort zone and meet people you may not have done before. That’s something that’s important to me and I think it’s good preparation for university.
“I’m not 100% sure what I want to do as my career just yet, but I’m really interested in engineering and that’s what I’m planning to study at university. I enjoy it because it combines my interest of problem solving and logical thinking along with my creativity and love of art and design. Whilst in lockdown I haven’t been able to visit any universities, but I have taken a virtual tour of The University of Cambridge which was pretty cool.
“I’m a bit of an extrovert, so lockdown has been tough. It’s hard not being around my friends and it’s been more difficult to motivate myself, but I’ve been making time to get outside and do plenty of exercise which has really helped with my mental state.
“The College has really stepped up and my lecturers have shown loads of support. Homemade videos, online streams and one-to-ones have all been so helpful and have given me the structure I’ve needed to keep me focussed whilst studying from home.
“To anyone considering A Levels at High Pavement, I would say, do it! I’m so glad I chose this college and I’m looking forward to getting back soon.”