Swindon Scholar – Joe

Published: 9 Mar 2018 | Scholar

Swindon Scholar Joe has always had a keen interest in maths, however studying it at university was not always a clear path for him. With support from the Scholars Programme, Joe has now successfully completed his UCAS applications, and hopes to not only study Mathematics at university, but to take on a Masters and a year abroad too.

“As a child from a family with no previous university attendees, I think the application process to university would have put me off the idea of going altogether. The process is so daunting to face alone, and I believe that the stress of juggling open days around my studies and the stress of practice exams and interviews would have all been too much to handle without the support and mentoring that Villiers Park provides”.

Like many of the young people we work with, before joining the Scholars Programme Joe had always enjoyed education, but hadn’t realised his own potential, and wasn’t thinking that university was an option for him.

When introduced to the programme, Joe looked forward to having a mentor to help advise him, especially concerning university, “I had no one to talk to about any of the university application process until I started the Scholars Programme, so for that I am very thankful to all of the mentors and Villiers Park staff.”

Joe was also enthusiastic to meet others with a similar passion for learning. “I felt very excited to meet new people who shared similar academic interests and aspirations as myself. The many group activities I have undertaken as a Scholar and the residential courses at Villiers Park have allowed me to grow closer to many people I would never have met otherwise and make friendships that will last for many years to come.”

Outside of school, Joe’s two key passions are maths and sport, “I am a very passionate sportsman – I’m an avid Arsenal fan and go to the gym nearly every day – but I also enjoy reading up on maths outside of my A-level specification, such as cryptography and group theory. Maths and sport are very big aspects of my life. I also enjoy cooking for myself every other day and watching stand-up comedy.”

In keeping with his interests, Joe attended our Mathematics residential course in Year 12, and now looks forward to pursuing this subject in his future career, “I am hoping to do a master’s degree in mathematics at Bath University, with a study or placement year in America. I am also hoping to continue coaching football by joining Southampton FC’s coaching staff at their Academy in Bath. After university, I’m hoping to find a statistics based job, such as an actuary or a stockbroker.”

We look forward to supporting Joe through his final year of A-levels, and wish him the best of luck with his summer exams.