Negin Nematiniaye Masooleh is undertaking a degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds (#11) after completing her A-levels at Kings.
She tells us how Kings prepared her for higher education, and what she is enjoying about university life.
Hi Negin. Are you pleased with your choice of university and of degree course?
I am enjoying every second of my course as it is something that I love and also is improving my knowledge for future studies.
The number of facilities and resources that are available for students is amazing. I am totally pleased with my choice and recommend it to other students. The university provides students with many employment opportunities either for summer or after graduation which are really important. As it is a big university there are students from many different countries and backgrounds so socialising is not a problem here.
How do you think your time at Kings best prepared you for university?
Well the education system in the UK is very different from my country and studying at Kings familiarised me with its aspects and this really is helping me at uni.
The obvious thing about my time at Kings is that they prepared me academically for my course and A-level exams.
"The education system in the UK is very different from my country and studying at Kings familiarised me with its aspects and this really is helping me at uni."
Were you happy with your A-level results, and were they what you thought you would achieve when you first came to the UK?
Yes, I was really pleased with the results. I actually never thought I would get these marks. The university offered me the Biological Sciences Dean's Excellence scholarship because of my A-level results.
"I was really pleased, I actually never thought I would get these marks. The university offered me the Biological Sciences Dean's Excellence scholarship because of my A-level results."
What aspects of Kings and the classes most helped you to make good academic progress?
Classes were interactive and the teachers tried to make us engage with other students which really helped the learning process. Also, my 'English for Academic Purposes' classes helped me improve my English and helped me reach my IELTS offer condition. Tips that teachers gave us about writing lab reports come in very handy at university.
"Tips that teachers gave us about writing lab reports come in very handy at university."
What enrichment activities did you do at Kings, and do you feel they helped with your university application?
In my first year, I did Biology club and UKCAT. UKCAT classes really helped me prepare for my UKCAT exam for entering the university. Biology club was more of a fun class that we could do exciting experiments that were not usually part of our study.
In my second year, I did the British Culture club. This was not technically useful for my application but it was fun to learn about this.
I was also part of the Student Council in both years. In my first year, I was the head of Charity Committee and the second year I was the Secretary. Writing about my responsibilities during this time in my personal statement helped me to show the universities that I have some experience in leadership, which was an essential skill for my course.
Do you have any messages for your former teachers and classmates at Kings?
I had so much fun during my time at Kings — thank you for everything you did!Read full interview in Kings Life
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