Alejandra Amaro was a student at Chester College between 2015 and 2018 (Grades 10-12). She is now halfway through her first year studying Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. We got in touch with her to talk about her experience as a boarding student at Chester College and find out about her new life in Scotland.
What was your favorite aspect of studying at Chester College?
Undoubtedly my favorite aspect of studying at Chester College was the chance to study two different education systems simultaneously (the American and Spanish curricula). This is something that makes the school unique, since it enables students to keep their options open to a wide range of opportunities for university. Moreover, although this may seem as a great amount of work, the teachers make sure that each student has a personalized timetable and choice of courses that best suits their future aspirations.
Do you feel that studying at Chester College helped you get to where you are now? If so in what way?
Studying at Chester has definitely helped me get to where I am now. In fact, studying two different high school systems enabled me to apply to universities in both the UK and Spain. Moreover, throughout the application process, the teachers were extremely helpful and advised me constantly.
Academically, the skills I learnt at Chester are helping me constantly at university. I often look back to my notes from Math and Physics and remember the important time management and study skills we learnt at school.
Tell us a bit about your new life in Edinburgh:
I am currently studying Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The university is truly amazing and all the professors are extremely intelligent and helpful. Although the degree is challenging, there are many different ways to get support such as study groups for students and office hours where tutors are available to help.
Moreover, the city is absolutely stunning. It often reminds me of Santiago because of the separate Old Town and New Town. There are many different things to do everyday, such as visiting the immense museums, going on different weekend tours to other cities nearby, or simply walking around the beautiful city center.
What are your plans for the future?
As I have just started university, I have not yet decided what I want to do exactly. However, for now, my plan is to take many different and challenging courses to explore the options available for my degree. Doing a joint degree is already enabling me to have many more options for my future years.
We wish you all the best, Alejandra!