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My time at Bellerbys College

Posted 20 May 2016
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Hi everyone! My name is Raquel Oliveira. I am 17, Portuguese and currently studying at Bellerbys College in London.  I’m doing my second year in A levels and enjoying it even though it is hard work. I know what you might be thinking: “A levels are too difficult!”. This is usually everyone’s reaction and it was mine too before coming to study in the UK.

Hi everyone! My name is Raquel Oliveira. I am 17, Portuguese and currently studying at Bellerbys College in London.  I’m doing my second year in A levels and enjoying it even though it is hard work. I know what you might be thinking: “A levels are too difficult!”. This is usually everyone’s reaction and it was mine too before coming to study in the UK. 

Studying abroad was one of my dreams. Nevertheless, I have always seen it as something very difficult to accomplish: studying in a foreign language, without my parents, friends, family and having to achieve good grades in a course that even British people struggle with. I completely changed my mind after weeks at Bellerbys! From the very first day here, teachers and staff give you so much support and help, and not just in classes but also outside. It truly makes all the difference, believe me. Without exception they are all friendly and most important they do prepare you really well for exams and are with you all the way. I did 6 subjects at AS level (1st year of A levels): Economics, Maths, Further Maths, Business Studies, Accounting and Physics, and I can tell you that it was not easy. Still it was well worth it as I achieved what I wished for! It takes a lot of work and commitment but in the end it pays off.  I wouldn’t have done so well if it weren’t for my teachers, of course! A big thanks you to all of them.

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Besides the teaching there are many extracurricular activities at Bellerbys that you can enjoy and also learn from as they provide you with a wide range of experiences, which develop and consolidate your knowledge further. It also makes you mingle with different people and understand their habits and cultures. The variety is so big that, when I came I didn’t know which societies I wanted to enrol in. I finally ended up in the Young Enterprise club, setting up our own company. I was the sales director, and it was the most rewarding and best experiences I’ve had so far in my time at Bellerbys. Creating your own business, we chose our product to be a pen with a USB and we had to sell it, go to competition, make presentations and we faced many problems, but we were able to overcome them. It was fantastic, I recommend everyone to attend! I was also part of the Economics and Business Club, where many outside speakers came to our college to give talks.

These were my choices but there are many other activities, like basketball, football, debating society, DJ Club, dance, music, and the list continues. I got involved in everything that I could and enjoyed. I was a bit shy before coming to London, but here I learned to overcome it. This multinational multifunctional environment allowed me to make new friends from completely different cultures. Furthermore, the location of the college being just 30min away from the city centre increases all the many things you can do or watch there are so many different things to do in London - , and of course a girl’s favourite: shopping! Last year we also had snow which was amazing for me as I have never lived in a place where it snows and loved it!

Bellerbys is allowing me to follow my dream in the best possible and enjoyable way. I expect to enter in a top UK University but I will always miss my time at Bellerbys.

Raquel Oliveira

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