As an IET Diamond Jubilee scholar sponsored by British Telecom, I was invited to apply for a 12-week placement at BT’s Adastral Park research and development facility at Martlesham in Suffolk.
I turned 17 today (first driving lesson on Friday, yay!), and had a think about all I’ve had to be grateful for in the past year:
- December 2014 promotion to Cadet Petty Officer in the CCF
- February 2015: appointment to the RSGB Youth Committee
- May: appointed as the Mayor’s Cadet for Wirral
- July: was successful in gaining an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship
- July: attended ‘Project DX15’, a youth DXpedition to the Brecon Beacons with the RSGB Youth Committee
- August: all A* GCSE exam results
- September: accompanied the Mayor of Wirral to the Granting of the Freedom of the Borough to T.S. Astute Sea Cadets and H.M.S. Astute
- October: Arkwright scholarship awards ceremony in London
- November: represented the Royal Navy section of the CCF at the Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall
- November: ran sound for my fifth play – Guys & Dolls – with the school Dramatic Society
I’m thrilled to have been able to do all the above, and am immensely grateful that I’ve had these opportunities. Thank you to everyone who’s made this possible!
Now, if I can just get through A-levels…
Earlier this year I was made aware of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, and their engineering scholarships which are available to those with an interest in the topic who intend to study mathematics at A-level. Unfortunately, I was only told about the scholarship three days before the deadline for applications, but nonetheless applied.
A few weeks later, with six others, I sat the aptitude exam, which consists of several interesting problems for which applicants are to design innovative solutions. I found it stimulating and not that challenging, though I was not sure whether I had done particularly well given that I study electronics instead of product design (and was hence unaware of finer details such as construction methods and materials).
Much to my relief, an email finally arrived on 3 March with the good news that I had been selected to progress through to the interview stage. This consists of a twenty-minute interview with two interviewers who have experience in engineering. Out of the seven from my school who had applied, three were successful.