Student of the Week
Lola, from Finsbury Park, came to Woodhouse from Highbury Fields School. She is currently studying politics, classics, geography and English literature.
We have chosen Lola to be this week's SOTW because she is one of our most recent Jack Petchey award winners. She has also been involved (along with other geography students) in a film being made by the Guardian's 'Keep it in the ground' campaign and has written an article for our website. But we could have chosen any week, because Lola didn't just hit the ground running when she arrived at Woodhouse, she blew in like a tornado.
"When I'm given an opportunity - I take it!" she says "and Woodhouse is all about opportunities"
Since joining us Lola has been involved in the running of our Speakers Corner.
"It's been great to be able to invite speakers who I like and am interested to hear from"
She's a member of our FemSoc and the history society. She went to philosophy tutorials (even though it's not her subject) and took the debating society enrichment programme.
"The debating society has helped me develop as a better speaker and really taught me how to express myself clearly".
Following on from this she was part of our Model United Nations team representing USA and China at the Woodhouse and Birmingham conferences.
"...that gave me such a better perspective on world matters"
And naturally, when we held student mock general elections she stood as a candidate.
"The mock election was great fun, I stood as the Green Party candidate as I am a member of the Islington Greens (not a 'card' carrying member, that would be detrimental to the environment...). We came second at Woodhouse with about 20% of the vote. Also, back home I actually got to meet Natalie Bennett (Green Party leader) just before the real election which was pretty cool."
In between all of that, Lola has a little time left for leisure, she ran for an Islington cross country team and like's to ride horses in Trent Park. She's a dedicated musician and has achieved grade 5 on cello, piano and french horn (and refuses to drop any of them). She's even written a play that was 'long listed' by the National Theatre last year.
"My play was about commuting" she says "which is now quite apt as I have to get two buses to college every morning. Woodhouse is quite far away for me, but it's worth it. I knew I wanted to come her after open day, seeing the beautiful building and then meeting teachers that are so passionate about their subjects. When I saw the main library and the amazing amount of books, real books, I fell in love with Woodhouse. I've heard students say it before but I have to agree, I thought it would be good here but it's exceeded my expectations. Learning is not a chore here, everyone is into learning and I have met so many interesting people from such diverse groups. And the opportunities for self development appear to be endless."
So what's next on Lola's list?
"I'm really looking forward to some work experience that I have coming up. I'm going to be working for Jeremy Corbyn MP who is standing in the Labour leadership contest"
It won't come as any surprise that Lola is interested in studying politics and international relations after Woodhouse.
"Cambridge is the 'big dream' and that would be brilliant, but I'll also apply to York and Durham, and after my degree - change the world..."
If the incredibly positive impact Lola's made at Woodhouse is anything to go by, she probably will.
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