9 January 2024
COLLEGE INTERN SECURES USA STUDY SPOT
A former learner of Solihull Sixth Form College has secured a university place in the United States of America and is heading to Texas this month.
Sophie Da Silva completed her A level studies in summer 2023 and then worked as an intern at the College for three months before taking up her overseas placement. She is heading to Christ for the Nations Institute, in Dallas, Texas. She will be studying Theology with Music Studies.
Sophie commented: “I’m excited to be travelling to America to study and I’m looking forward to starting my course. I’m not quite sure what I want to do as a career yet, but I know that studying overseas will be a great experience and will help me whatever I decide to do in the future.”
Sophie studied A level Film Studies, Media Studies and Spanish while she was a student at the College, achieving all A and A* grades. Her subsequent work as an intern saw her working in the Student Development Office, where she helped to co-ordinate Student Societies and run charity fundraising and awareness campaigns for learners.
Sophie added: “I was taught by outstanding teachers, who gave me amazing support in bridging the gap between GCSEs and A Level, through their professional learning techniques and their determination. They made me eager to discover more about the topics independently, outside of lessons. Thanks to the College’s brand-new iMacs including high end software and equipment for my coursework, I was able to produce A* quality work!”
Having experienced life at Solihull Sixth Form College as both a learner and a member of support staff, Sophie has this advice for prospective learners: “Whatever you are passionate about learning will make college life and studying, a fun adventure. Enjoy every second of college life. Balance revision time with having a laugh with friends, use your precious independent study time to the fullest and do not feel shy to ask for extra support.”
Anisa Lokat-Fanning, Associate Principal with responsibility for the Student Development Office, added: “We wish Sophie all the best for her adventure in America. She has been a valued member of the College community, both as a learner and a colleague, and I know she will be successful in the next stage of her career.”