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Helpful teachers and friends

Posted 19 July 2013
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My name is Zuzana, I’m 20 and I come from a small country in Central Europe, the Czech Republic. Right now I am studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at the University of Oxford, and I am about to start my third year there in October.

My name is Zuzana, I’m 20 and I come from a small country in Central Europe, the Czech Republic. Right now I am studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at the University of Oxford, and I am about to start my third year there in October.

I first came to the UK when I was 16, to study A Levels at Bellerbys College in Brighton. It was quite an eye-opening experience in that it was my first time away from my parents for a long period of time, and added to that it was in a foreign country which, although not all that far from home, was quite different from the Czech Republic. Apart from the language barrier, I was worried about cultural barriers and about making friends. But Bellerbys College really is an ideal place for making the transition from living at home to living independently. From the very first day it was obvious that everyone at Bellerbys was in the same boat and I found myself in a very supportive environment.


My host family in Brighton was absolutely lovely - I stayed in the same host family for the entire two years of my stay there and I couldn’t have been happier. I got on really well with everyone, they cooked absolutely delicious meals, and they gave me freedom to do anything I wanted to do. Nowadays when at university I often find myself missing the comfort of my host family, especially when I have to cook for myself! :-)

My usual day in Bellerbys started quite early - at about 7 am, when I would get up, take a shower and eat some breakfast, and then rush to catch a bus with my friend Kana to go to Bellerbys. We would usually arrive quite early so that we had time to chat, have a cup of coffee, or to do some last minute revision before tests. Classes started at 9, and since I took five subjects, I usually had to stay until 4 or 5 pm. After that sometimes we would have Oxbridge group classes, singing society meetings, or Philosophy classes, all of which were super enjoyable for me! I’d usually get home by 7 pm and have dinner, do some homework, and try to go to bed as early as possible - I am not much of a morning person and if I don’t get my 8 hours of sleep, I can be very annoyed (and annoying:-)). I really enjoyed studying A levels at Bellerbys and it was thanks to all the helpful teachers and friends that I met there, that I was able to get into Oxford. It took a lot of hard work on my part, of course, but the supportive nature of Bellerbys meant that I was and felt truly supported on every step of the journey. I would really recommend Bellerbys to any international student who is thinking of applying to the very top universities in the UK!

Zuzana Chlupackova 

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