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Amy Bond, 20, studied History at the University of Cambridge. Amy completed Cambridge Pre-U History at Watford Grammar School for Girls in Hertfordshire, 2009-2011. We spoke to her in June 2013.
I really enjoyed studying Cambridge Pre-U History, a two-year course which helps you identify patterns in, and connections between, apparently contrasting events and developments in history.
From the beginning of my time at university, I felt like I was on the same page as the supervisors I was writing my essays for. This was due to the historiographical focus of the Cambridge Pre-U course and the marking criteria being argument-driven. As a result, I felt much more comfortable from the beginning of the course. In particular, the individual coursework project I did at Cambridge Pre-U, which was entirely self-written and researched, was great preparation for what I would be doing each week at university.
I think Cambridge Pre-U vastly improved my application to study History at university and really helped me to settle into the university course quickly. It was extremely helpful in both writing my personal statement and preparing for interviews. I still use the skills I developed through Cambridge Pre-U for writing essays, revising, and taking exams at university.
Once I graduate, I am considering a career in the charitable sector. Working with disabled people really interests me so I have applied to volunteer on a holiday for disabled people during the summer with 3H Holidays. I would also, however, be interested in completing a fine art course, at foundation level once I've graduated. Ideally this would be at the University of the Arts, London.
Last summer I worked as a 'team mentor' for The Challenge, a summer programme for 16 year olds which is part of the National Citizenship Service. The Challenge aims to bring together a diverse group of young people to gain common experiences, gain skills, and build confidence and a sense of community. My role as a Team Mentor was to work alongside a Senior Mentor with a team of 8-13 young people during the summer programme. I was in charge of managing behaviour, facilitating the activities the young people took part in, organising myself and the team, and offering pastoral support. I hope to work again there this summer.
I am also involved in the student committee for the charity Afrinspire in Cambridge, and have worked with a team of five other students to put on fundraising and awareness events for the charity throughout the year. Afrinspire works to support indigenous projects in East Africa. Afrinspire Student Society aims to fundraise for the charity and raise awareness of issues related to questions of development, poverty, and issues in the areas in which Afrinspire works.
Recently we have organised Dr Rowan Williams to speak on 'the role of the church in international development' and members of the student society will shortly be doing a sponsored bike ride from Cambridge to London to raise funds.
In terms of pursuing fine art, this is rather more difficult to gain work experience for, but I worked for over six months to design and produce the decorations for the Selwyn College Winter Ball in 2012 for over 800 guests. The Selwyn Snowball is an annual event that is entirely organised by students of Selwyn College and is held on college grounds. In this role I needed to be creative, as I had to visualise from scratch what the ball would look like. I also needed good organisational and delegation skills, as I had to balance supervision work with a huge time commitment, and was in charge of a number of workers who often required a lot of direction.