|16 Jun 2020
Here is Jess' post School story so far!
Year you joined TGS (and year group): Year 7, 2008
Year you left TGS (and year group): Year 13, 2015/16
School honours: Student Leader, Prefect, Head of House, School Prize: Student Leadership Team
Highest team achieved: U16 Hockey
Clubs and societies; Music, STEM, sports, performance, etc: Hockey
Post school destination: University of Exeter
Course Studied: Economics with Spanish
Current or most recent role (your role, employer, where): Incoming Analyst at Deloitte in Consultancy (Start date postponed to Feb due to Covid-19)
Teachers you remember, how did they inspire you?: Mr Fitt and Mr Barker for continual support and belief in possible achievements. Madame Lacourt-Ricks for guiding me to pressure subjects I enjoyed and performed well in as opposed to choosing a career path too early on. Mrs Twinam for her enthusiasm and appreciation for voluntary work. Mrs Camporro for constant good advice.
School friends you are in touch with: Yes, several
Top 3 memories of your time at TGS?: First day of Year 7, Hockey Tournaments, Teaching some of the teachers to dance for a school performance.
If you studied the IB Diploma, how has this helped in further study/your job?: It was very helpful at University as it prepared me for independent learning and specific techniques needed to perform well in my degree.
How did TGS support your application to further education?: TGS was very supportive of my application to further study. My teachers were supportive of my goals to get in to my University of choice and helped me in any way possible to ensure my goal was achieved. They helped me develop resilience and diligence, both of which have been transferrable skills to date.
What did TGS 'give' you that has stayed with you throughout your life?: TGS has given me the mindset of looking at the bigger picture and the end goal, but also seeing the journey of getting to the goal as just as important.
What would you tell someone thinking of studying at TGS?: TGS is a welcoming, supportive school, where teachers want to help you achieve your ambitions as much as you do, and do this by presenting you with as many opportunities as possible to take advantage of, whilst developing skills that will be invaluable later in life.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years time?: Hopefully I will have progressed through Deloitte and either be in a more qualified position in the firm or have moved on to another firm, which provides new opportunities for growth.
Tells us about your volunteering at school and now: Whilst at school I completed a lot of volunteering, from teaching dance at a local primary school, to coaching hockey on Sunday mornings. The summer after leaving TGS, I went travelling to South America where I volunteered in its Latino Schools. I taught children aged 3 to 5, in Spanish, at an underprivileged school. This experience truly opened my eyes to the opportunities and ways of living we take for granted.
What drives you?: Sense of achievement
Where would we find you on a day off?: On the Beach or skiing up a mountain
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?: Diligent, loyal, adventurous
What one thing would make the world a better place?: If everyone had to spend a day in someone else's shoes. I think this would make us more conscious of struggles others may face.
The most inspirational place you've been?: Machu Picchu
What makes you smile?: Skiing
Favourite book of all time?: 'Little Women' or 'Lean in'
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Architect or interior designer