The Petchey Academy ‐ 15th September
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I grew up in an area of inner city London with significant problems of poverty and inequality.
When you’re from a low socioeconomic background, you may sometimes not have a lot of parental support. I knew from a young age there was nothing to fall back on, so I think that’s where my drive comes from. I also just wanted to do my Mum proud, which is a typical migrant child dream.
When I was 14, I went to @PetcheyAcademy which specialised in medical sciences. There were opportunities to go to open days at King’s College medical school and I was inspired by meeting with current dental students. I had average SATs, I wasn’t in the top set for science initially, but I had this ambition of becoming a Dentist which really drove me to work harder. But that drive pushed me to work harder in all subjects, and after I won a Mary Seacole award for History, I realised it was a catalyst in believing I had a passion for the humanities subjects at school.
I learnt during sixth form that one of my friend’s sister’s was actually studying at Cambridge University. When I found out someone from the same area as me went to Cambridge, it really inspired and motivated me and I felt that the stars were aligning, and that’s how I became the second person in my school to go to Cambridge University.
This is my story. What will be yours?
Victoria, 21 #socialmobility
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