Esme, now studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Badminton helped me look out for more. I’m now in my second year studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial. I feel that the opportunities I had at Badminton helped me look out for more and meant that from the beginning I had something a little bit different. This has helped me to secure a place at university, work experience, scholarships and internships, but so much more importantly than that it’s given me the enthusiasm to make the most out of every opportunity I find.
I came to Badminton in Year 9. I think the teachers’ deep commitment to our learning instilled a love of learning that has pushed me further. Their passion for their subjects combined with their caring attitude meant that everyone could find something that they enjoyed. This in itself was a great preparation and has prepared us all for the future.
I’ve tried to carry on the work hard play hard(er)
attitude from Badminton
At Badminton, there’s always a way to get involved outside the classroom. During Sixth Form, I was part of Science Outreach. The looks of amazement on the primary school pupils’ faces each time we presented was a definite highlight. Studying fills most of my days now, but I’ve tried to carry on the work hard play hard(er) attitude from Badminton. I row and am captain of the underwater hockey team.
There is something very special about the friendships I made
What else did I love about Badminton? It’s a cliché, but there is something very special about the friendships I made there. Long may they continue! Other than that, I have to say the food. Whenever we were presented with the pasta and a choice of sauces, the challenge was almost how much we could eat!