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News: Why Neve chose High Pave­ment and how she’s han­dling lockdown

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Neve Fairholme

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.” 

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  • 18th June 2020 (9:26 AM)
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