I’m the first person in my family to go to university and didn’t consider that a top university like Imperial would be for me. After taking part in Imperial’s STEM Potential programme I soon realised that I had underestimated myself. I also really enjoyed the atmosphere on campus, so I was really pleased when my application to Biochemistry at Imperial was accepted.

I’m from Cumbria and I was concerned about moving to London because it’s so far from my home, but I’ve joined lots of societies and that’s been great for meeting people and making new friends.

The Imperial Bursary has also helped with my living costs, which was also something I worried about.

Studying at Imperial has allowed me to meet so many people from different countries which I wouldn’t have been able to do as easily if I had stayed at home in Cumbria. I now have friends from all around the world.

Where you come from, what your parents do, and your financial situation should not affect where you apply to university."

There are also so many societies that you can join at the College where you can meet other people with shared interests and try out something new. I've joined the Badminton society and took part in various sports classes, such as Zumba. I have continued taking Zumba classes regularly in my second-year as well.

 

Where you come from, what your parents do, and your financial situation should not affect where you apply to university. Your academic achievements speak for themselves. My advice to future students thinking of applying to Imperial, is to do it! Applying is the first step to receiving an offer.