College Merthyr Tydfil student Chloe Barnett has successfully beaten off competition from over 3,800 other students to gain a place on the Sutton Trust summer-school programme at Harvard University. Chloe, currently studying AS levels in Mathematics, Science and Welsh at the college, is among 175 students that have been selected to attend week-long summer schools at Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. In addition, Chloe will also receive individual support to help her through the US application system this autumn.
Chloe who has only been abroad once, on a school trip to Paris, previously studied at Rhymney Comprehensive School. Chloe will be the first generation of her family to attend university and whilst her parents are very supportive, she describes her mother as a little too “over-protective” and fearful of her moving outside of her home area.
Chloe said “I was very apprehensive about applying for the programme because of the in-depth application process and the fact that it would involve me having to visit a big city for the first time on my own. However, I really enjoyed the selection event in London and was ecstatic when I heard that I had got through onto the summer school programme. I am really grateful for the support and encouragement I received from my Chemistry and personal tutor, Mark Richards, who even drew me maps of London and showed me exactly where I needed to go to catch the right tube trains”
Mark Richards, Head of Science at The College Merthyr Tydfil commented “Chloe is a fantastic student who made an impression on me from the start of her AS studies. She is an enthusiastic, hard working and determined student and this has been evidenced through her successful application onto the programme”
The key aim of the Sutton Trust programme is to provide educational opportunities to all young people and not just those from better-off backgrounds.
Chloe will jet out to America to begin her programme on 10th August. Chloe added “I am really looking forward to it now and even my mother and father are really happy that I’ve got in. I would encourage other students to apply for the programme as I’m an example that students from areas like Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney can achieve good things”
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