Student of the Week
SOTW returns this week with Summer, who is 17 and from Enfield. She came to Woodhouse from Loreto College and is studying biology, geography and philosophy.
She is currently working to get the grades she needs for a sports scholarship and read African Studies with Development.
Last year, Summer was instrumental in running our Cultural Week events, which in turn raised much needed money for Educate For Change, a charity helping orphans of HIV in Uganda gain access to education.
She also continues to be involved with our Fair Trade group - helping us improve our college wide fair trade status. And all of these activities tap into her area of special interest - Africa. Summer explains...
"I find Africa... magnetic. I'm drawn in by its vastness, it's international standing and it's story in the history of the world. My family have been exploring our heritage and traced our ancestry to North Africa and I feel connected to it now. I want to learn more and taking African Studies at uni. is the logical next step"
But a sports scholarship... Where does that come into it?
"My other passion is contact America Football.
I started watching NFL last year and have been following the Dallas Cowboys. About a year ago I went to a fan rally outside Wembley Stadium for one of the NFL matches staged over here. I got really caught up in the whole atmosphere - the bands and cheerleaders, the celebration of US culture, they even had some big name NFL players talking with the crowd. I decided then and there that I wanted to get involved in the game.
I searched online and found out about the London Warriors - a south London based team. They play in the British American Football Association National League (BAFANL). They were advertising for tryouts or 'combine' sessions so I went along. We did strength and speed drills and there were some big guys there and I was the only girl - but they welcomed me just the same.
I performed well on the day (I've played a lot of netball and have pretty good stamina) and they invited me back to start training with them. The coaches were shocked and impressed that I could tackle as hard as some of the boys.
I am now on the roster of the youth team (14-17yrs), I am a DB - defensive back - and play safety and corner back. I am the only girl. When we shake hands at the end of a match the other teams are often surprised when I take off my helmet.
I train twice a week - once with the boys team and once with the women's team, so I'm kind of split between the two at the moment. Next year I'll have to step up to the 17-19's team and thats a bit scary, those guys are really big...
Our team have played well and we got to the playoffs in Cornwall this year - but I was injured so missed the game. I've also had tryouts for the Great Britain team - but got cut in the final rounds. That was hard to take but I'll try again and really hope I make it as the GB team will be going to the World Championships next year.
The BAFANL is a real community and I love that I'm now friends with players all over the country. My Dad was an athlete and played football and cricket in Trinidad in his youth and I want to follow in his footsteps. He's a huge inspiration in my life and I really feel that sport is in my blood.
When I went to the open day at Birmingham University to look at the courses I found out that I could be eligible for a sports bursary if I get my grades, which would be a great help towards the cost of my studies. I need to work hard to make sure I get them now.
I first heard about Woodhouse from a friend and came along to open day with her. I fell in love with the place straight away - the culture is so diverse and a refreshing change to other places I've been. It really reflects a cross section of London.
I believe studying at Woodhouse has made me a more 'well rounded' person. Before I was just academic but now I'm much more... employable."
We hope you succeed in getting the grades you need Summer and wish you the best of luck (and hope that you stay injury free!) with your American Football. You're in our "Hall of Fame" already.
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