Students aspire to an ‘American Dream’

FOUR Warrington students have set their sights on studying at a top American university.

The ambitious learners, who all study at Priestley College, have applied for places on the Sutton Trust US Programme which offers fully-funded, week-long trips to American institutions including Ivy League universities.

Kata Pal, who studies English Literature, Music Production, Music and History, is one of those hoping to be told in the next few weeks whether her application has been successful.

“Studying abroad has always been something that has interested me,” she said.

“I have never been set on studying in the USA, but it is something I am considering and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain further insight into student life abroad.”

The Sutton Trust US Programme is described as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to explore what studying in the US could be like for international students.

They had to complete a detailed application, several 500-word essays and a video interview answering questions about themselves and why they wanted the place.

As well as her A-Levels Kata also studies The Graduate and Extended Project at Priestley, which are designed to raise students’ aspirations and prepare them for top universities at home and abroad.

Another applicant, former Padgate Academy pupil Franciszek Daniewski, is interested in studying in America and focussing on Medicine.

He said: “I hope that by taking part I’ll get more information on how universities work in general, as well as gain some personal experience which I will need for my future university applications.”

Ian Hughes, who oversees the Priestley College’s Excel programme, said it was crucial to open students’ eyes to all possibilities whether in the UK or other countries.

“I hope our applicants are successful because it will be a memorable experience regardless of whether they decide to study in America,” he said.

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