Georgia from the University of St Andrews, an alumni of Ipswich High School, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Robert T Jones Scholarship, gifting a year of study at Emory University in Atlanta, USA.
We held a Q&A session with Georgia where we sat down and found out more about her experiences at Ipswich High School and the memories she created here.
What are your best memories of school?
I have so many great memories of IHS, but the ones that stand out the most are the opportunities that the school gave us to travel. In Year 10 I was lucky enough to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos with the Biology department for Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday, and in the summer after completing Year 13 I was part of the World Challenge team who travelled to Mozambique. These opportunities definitely fueled my passion for international travel and provided some of the best and most memorable experiences I had whilst at IHS.
Did any particular teacher influence your learning?
All of the teachers at IHS are incredible, but I have to admit that the French Department in particular influenced my time at school. If it was not for M Groslin, Mme France, Mme Barrett and Mme Curran, and countless verb tables, inspirational films and school trips to Paris, I would not be where I am today – so thank you all!
What have you studied after leaving IHS?
I went on to study MA (hons) French and International Relations at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and have just graduated with a First Class Joint Honours degree with distinction in spoken French. I am now embarking on a year of fully-funded study as a Robert T Jones scholar, which gives me the opportunity to study Russian Language and Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
What are your goals and aspirations for you future?
My goals for the future are to embark on a challenging yet rewarding career path in diplomacy, either joining the FCO or an international institution such as the UN, using the skills that I have garnered from my time at IHS and at university. Above all, my main life goal is to find enjoyment in whatever I do.
Do you have any words of advice for our current pupils?
Yes, I would encourage you all to enjoy every minute of your time at IHS, because it is over all too soon! And remember that when you do finally leave school, and are prompted to make decisions about your future, remember to choose the path that is right for you, and not for anyone else.
In one word, how would you sum up your time at Ipswich High School?