Student of the Week
Biran came to us from Kingsmead School in Enfield and is studying Economics, Maths, Further Maths and History. She has been a great ambassador for Woodhouse in her two years here.
She had a feature page in our 2015 prospectus and has been a tutor group rep. This week she's been helping us again with promotional duties and will be featured in a poster campaign next week.
She is - to use the social media phrase - trending, and we are jumping on (or rather driving) that bandwagon and this week celebrating her enthusiasm, spirit and personality.
Biran has offers from 5 universities (Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Durham) to study Economics, but probably won't be taking them up as she is considering taking a gap year. But not a year off to relax - she wants to volunteer...
"One night, a while ago, I was on my way home from an evening with friends, I was in a busy part of town and was just astounded by the number of people sleeping rough in shop doorways... like every 10 metres. I just couldn't stop thinking - how can this happen? In this day and age!
It put my progression to university and moving away in a different light. I want to do something about it, right now. I'm going to offer practical help, maybe through a charity or even just by my own means. I don't want the detachment of fundraising because I don't think it's just about giving money, we can help others in lots of way - even just giving respect..."
Biran isn't new to volunteering - before she began revising for her exams she'd been helping out at a local care home for the elderly...
"It started out as the volunteering element when I was of doing the Duke of Edinburgh award, but I really enjoyed it and just stayed on. I didn't do any 'caring' as such, that's qualified work, but I made tea and sat and chatted with the old folks, listened to their stories. I could see it made a difference to them, to just engage with a young person for a few hours of their somewhat routine days, and I was happy to do it.
I wish I could do more, but for now, I have to concentrate on my A levels. I've loved it at Woodhouse and am not afraid to make that clear - I really like helping out with the promotions at the college - people need to know how great it is here.
Don't get me wrong - it hasn't always been easy - I struggled with stress in the first year. But so many staff helped me and guided me, or even just chatted with me - they cared about me. It's a really supportive environment. If I was ever to go into teaching, I'd want to work here."
Biran isn't opting out of education forever though...
"I will go on to university later - to study Maths - but for now, I just want to make myself useful and see what I can do to help others."
And who can argue with such noble sentiment - we wish Biran the best of luck with all her ventures and welcome her to our virtual hall of fame.
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