Yesterday (4/01/2012) me and six other students from my college attended the Realising Opportunities conference at Leicester University. There were a few problems in getting there but once we arrived we go to meet our mentors briefly and pick up prospectuses from universities linked to the programme. Luckily enough for me, two universities that I maybe potentially applying to (Exeter and Essex) were there and my mentor is studying the course that I want to which is Economics and Politics. I must make sure that I make the most of the time she has to mentor me. We also managed to get a talk/motivational speech from an advisor David Hodgson. That was the highlight of my day as I learnt a lot about myself during that hour and the speaker's book is absolutely amazing. He manages to help you find out your true personality and how to approach situations and build up your self esteem. I must admit I do get stressed and I think quite bad about myself but this book has made me realise that I don't want to wake up one day and feel like I haven't fulfilled my dreams or lived life to the fullest. He also has a website which is http://www.thebuzzbook.co.uk/index.php?page=test. Due to the bad weather the day was cut short and I only got to attend one workshop which was to get help in writing my personal statement. I managed to obtain a few tips from the speaker and I hope I can write an absolutely amazing one.
I am extremely pleased that I've got on to the programme and there's two more opportunities that are in my horizon also. I am currrently applying for the LSE (London School of Economics) Choice programme where I get to pick a course I would like to study preferrably Economics and attend summer school for one week then 16 Saturday sessions afterwards then Morgan Stanley, which is an investment bank are offering a 3-day insight programme for females in year 12/13. I really do hope I get into both of them and once I do find out I will make sure I'll make a post about it.
I will also post more about Realising opportunities.
The opportunities are out there you just have to look for them and you'll find it :).