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Stephen Howe (’07) Ambassador
Studied English, Bristol
Now Department of Transport
Islam Zitout Pupil
Year Group Lower Sixth
Mentored By Stephen Howe
S: HEAPS is about pairing people who are currently going through their A Levels with somebody who has done the Teach First programme and has, therefore, been to university. The students who join the HEAPS programme are all exceptionally talented, lively and full of potential.
I: To be frank and get straight to the point, if it wasn’t for HEAPS I wouldn’t know where I would be going, in the sense of my direction. My school isn’t the greatest school around. We’re not really exceptional in terms of grades and all that and we don’t really get told a lot about personal statements and UCAS and all this other sort of university business that I wouldn’t know about if it wasn’t for HEAPS.
When Stephen and I meet, we go through all these things: any new projects I’ve been up to, how each individual subject going, how revision is going, and anything he can do to help me out. As well as showing me all the options available, it can also provide educational tips and actually advise me on certain things. Stephen did English and I do English Literature and sometimes we can talk about things like the book I am reading.
I’ve been to Oxford twice and Cambridge for three days. The residential is probably the best part. I wouldn’t have been to all these grand universities and I wouldn’t know what it’s actually like to be in Cambridge. When I say I want to study, for example, PPE, I wouldn’t actually know what it is. I might look it up, but I wouldn’t actually know. I’ve never experienced it.
I would never have applied to Oxford and Cambridge because I thought I don’t have the potential to get in, but speaking to these like-minded people and admissions tutors who would talk you through the entire process, step by step, it seems like a much easier process than I would have thought.
S: I took Islam to my office this week, which is the Department for Transport in and around the Whitehall area. As he wants to study Politics I thought it would be quite a useful window.
It’s really great for me, having been out of the classroom for two years, to get back in amongst young people, to hear a bit about Islam’s life and the pretty cool stuff that he does. I look forward to our meetings and I think we have a really nice relationship and it’s great to catch up every six weeks to two months.
I: He always buys me coffee so it’s a bit of a treat as well.
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