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Touching feedback from a graduating A-level student

26 June, 2019

At Kings, the happiness and success of our students is paramount. We make sure that each and every one is fully supported throughout their time with us, and as a result are fortunate to receive consistently positive feedback in the form of testimonials.

It is always, however, particularly touching when students go the extra mile to make known their happiness and gratitude, and teachers at Kings Oxford recently received the following letter from A-level student Kevin Vannucchi, who will shortly be leaving us to begin an Architecture degree at a top London university that is renowned for the subject.

"When I decided to come to Oxford my parents proudly told all my family and I soon found myself discussing with everyone the advantages and beautiful experiences that such an adventure would bring to my life.

The truth is, I was scared. I feared coming to the UK and not making it through the course as I lacked a basic academic background. Even so, driven by the challenge, I came here.

I remember Paul [course director] telling us during the first week how these two years were about to fly by quickly and how we had to make the most of it. Little did I now that he was right, and here we are. One exam to go and soon a big, important chapter of our lives closes while another one opens.

Throughout these two years I sometimes allowed myself to try and evaluate what is actually going on in my life, who I am, who I want to become and what I have learned. Every time I came to the conclusion that I have grown, learned and appreciated something new, it was partly thanks to the amazing friends I have made here.

From the first day strong connections have carried us through the good and bad, and living together has allowed us to learn from each other, to work in teams and help one another no matter what. The cultural barriers, the language or the different mindsets have never been a challenge to our friendships and I now consider you more like family rather than friends, nothing an take the good memories and bonds we share away from us.

I was also lucky enough to meet brilliant, true, special people who work in one of the most important fields: education. Often underrated, it is hard to understand the importance of such a profession, but my recent trip to Cambodia and the knowledge given to me in the past two years have given me a whole new picture which has taught me the importance of the people who work in this field. You've made everything much easier and more enjoyable for us students and we're immensely grateful for that. It is hard to come to work every day with a smile as sometimes, for any reason, one could feel like not smiling, but that is exactly what everyone has done and it has always amazed me. A smile is what can change one's day and I can assure you that two years with you is what can change one's life.

I regret not being able to give back what everyone has done for me these two years because the values, knowledge, experiences and emotions I engaged with are priceless. My hope is that we're going to keep in touch and meet once again in the future, here, or possibly in Italy. I am so grateful to have met you, to have been able to share this beautiful and life changing adventure with you in what has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

If you receive this letter it is because I want you to know that you are going to be part of the good memories of these two years of my life which I will keep hold of closely. I wish you all the best, all the success and a beautiful life ahead of you. I will be sending you lots of positivity and bad weather from London so I can keep the sunshine for myself and my new London friends! Again, it's been a pleasure meeting you."

— Kevin Vannucchi

A big thank you to Kevin for his kind words, and the very best of luck to all of our graduating students as they prepare for the next stage of their educational journey!