We three Year 11 students (Lauren, Josie and Alex) accompanied by Ms Devine attended an evening event with an audience of over 250 people including MPs, University Vice Chancellors and a range of professional organisations. Here we gave an overview of all of the outreach opportunities we have undertaken as part of the NSSW project since year 9. Next Steps is a government initiative (NCOP) aimed at raising aspiration and encouraging students to pursue higher education.
We felt really nervous about speaking beforehand as it was a very formal event and a large audience. After a rehearsal to the passengers on the train on the way up and several deep breaths we managed to deliver our presentations confidently and are proud to be ambassadors for Next Steps and Bodmin College at this event. We have all gained confidence and will hopefully be the first generation in our families to go to University. Hurray!
To top it off the College has received an award for making a difference in raising aspirations and helping students like us achieve our potential. We have since heard that lots of people who attended have contacted the college to say how impressed they were by our talks!