Former Student Profile: Dr Samara Majid, Class of 1996
We look forward to welcoming Samara back to school on Monday 25 March for the Year 12 & 13 Inspire and Career Talk.
I am so grateful to all the teachers at Lady Verney High School and Wycombe High School for all their hard work and dedication to getting me to where I am now. I would like to say a big thank you to them all.
Lady Verney High School 1990 - 1993
Wycombe High School 1994 - 1996
The 2 schools merged in 1993.
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?
I studied Biology, Chemistry and Maths (Pure and Statistics).
My signed green Science overall.
I won the first Aldridge Cup for Geography in 1994/1995.
I was the HR Rep for our Young Enterprise Group in Year 12 - we made and sold candles.
Young Enterprise Clipping
I got my first official ‘job’ whilst at WHS. I was a lab assistant so came in an hour early every morning to help refill/stock up the labs. I was forever spilling distilled water everywhere!
Do you have any fond memories you'd like to share?
The 20p KitKat machine in the Lady Verney canteen - your 20p was always getting stuck in the machine! The Queen's visit to WHS in 1994 /1995 to open the Verney Building. I remember her coming into our Maths Classroom during her visit. Using the internet for the first time in the school library when researching for information for my A-level Chemistry project (it was on Buckminsterfullerene). We had to wear skirts with tops in 6th form - trousers were not allowed!
Record of achievement (no internet in those days!).
What did you do after school - Gap year, straight into business or onto university?
I went straight to the University of Liverpool. This was a completely random choice as I had one more place to complete on my UCAS form so chose Liverpool. The first time I visited Liverpool was for my interview and the second time was to start university!
What are you up to now?
I have a variety of roles: I am a salaried GP with East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours where I work 2 days a week: 1 day in a GP surgery / Walk in Centre and 1 day from home doing telephone triage/admin. I am also a Specialist Dr in Family Planning/Sexual Health at the Oxford Sexual Health Service which I do once a month. Most importantly, I am a busy mum of 2 children aged (nearly) 4 and 2.
What do you know now that you wish you had known in Year 13?
Everything happens for a reason in life - do not have any regrets. Trials and Failures shape a person.