Ryan – at King’s College London studying Medcine
Ryan is an Access Project alumnus and a former pupil at Highbury Grove School. He studied maths, biology and chemistry at A-Level and economics at AS-Level, and received AABB. He is now a first year medical student at King’s College London. Ryan also enjoys playing rugby.
Ryan wanted to study medicine from an early age, but worried he wasn’t “smart enough” to win a place on a medical degree course. He joined The Access Project in Year 12 and attended workshops in Accelerated Economics, Accelerated Maths, Culture and The Arts and Model United Nations. He hoped to receive extra support for his university applications and advice from tutors on exam techniques, interview and presentation skills, and how to write a personal statement.
“The Access Project was an incredibly vital part of my education, helping me to combat my nerves, and improve my grades and interpersonal skills. My research and presentation skills increased week in and week out, and I’ve become stronger, more confident, and more articulate as an interviewee. My mentors also really helped me academically, helping me to understand parts of the maths course I was struggling with.”
He wants to stay involved with The Access Project while he studies for his degree, by leading biology workshops in the partner schools.
Ryan feels that as well as helping him get into university, The Access Project’s opportunities for extracurricular activities have made him a more rounded and educated person. He says:
“The Access Project has changed the way I perceive things. Thanks to ‘Culture and The Arts’, an incomplete cathedral is no longer just the laziness of a few hundred workers; it is Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, a beautiful, yet somewhat demonic building whose incompleteness only adds to the mystery and beauty behind it.”