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The best time of my life studying A-levels in Oxford

14 Feb, 2018
The best time of my life studying A-levels in Oxford

Negin Nematinia, from Iran, is currently in the second year of her A-level course at Kings Oxford. She was inspired to study at Oxford after visiting the college while on a Kings Summer course in 2016 — starting A-levels later that year. We caught up with her to find out how her course is going and her plans for future studies.

Hi Negin. What made you decide to come to Kings and do the course you are doing?
I always wanted to study abroad but my parents had some concerns. But when I came to Oxford as an excursion while at my summer camp in Bath we got introduced to the school and agents that can help us with the whole situation, and that helped my parents to come to a decision.

How is your A-level course going? What subjects are you taking?
I have Biology, Chemistry and Maths as my three subjects. I'm not suggesting that it is easy but I think if someone work for it, it is nothing impossible to finish the course with good marks and an acceptance from a university that you want.

What are your plans for university?
I would like to study Medicine or Medical Sciences in university.

Are you happy with the tutoring and support you get at Kings?
The school has some really experienced and educated teachers. Another good thing about the school is that if you have any concerns about any part of your course they will be more than happy to help you with extra classes or such.

Where are you staying here — in a residence or homestay? Are you happy in your accommodation?
I stayed with a family for almost 3 months and I had a really good time there, but then I decided that I wanted to move to residence. This was also a good decision as I could communicate with other students and make friends.

Have you taken part in any of the extracurricular activities at Kings? If you have, what have been the highlights?
I was the head of the Charity Committee on my first year of A-level. During that time I had fun planning any fundraising for the United World Schools charity and also improved some of my skills that later helped me in my personal statement for universities.

What do you think of the school's location in Cowley? Do you spend much time in Oxford City Centre?
School is in a good place as it is around 15-minute bus ride from the residence and around 30 minutes to city centre. And I don't know why but I think Oxford is one of the nicest places that I could live in. The city is one of the most amazing places I have ever been and due to two big universities and so many schools, there are so many international students that you can hang out with.

What are the main differences between Kings Oxford and the school you went to in your home country?
I think the very big difference between my school and Kings Oxford is how unbelievable the students and the staff are friendly towards us.

What would you say to anyone considering coming to Kings to study?
I would recommend this school to everyone as I am having the best time of my life here.

I used to study in the same school for 12 years in my country and I was scared of changing my school. When I got to Oxford later than everyone else, due to my visa problems, I was even more scared that I cannot find friends, but people in school were unbelievably friendly towards me.

The teachers are happy to help you with any extra classes or courses. They give you so many opportunities to show yourself.

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