Former Student Profile - Emma Smith, Class of 2015

Guild Careers

We look forward to welcoming back Emma to school as one of our Year 13 Inspire and Career Talk speakers on Tuesday 24 March Period 4 in the Hall.

What years did you attend WHS? 2008-2015

What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?

At Wycombe High, I was mainly interested in Maths and Languages. In Sixth Form, I studied Maths, Further Maths, French, Politics and GCSE Italian.

I did a lot of dance during my time at WHS. I was part of the Dance Performance Group and always got involved with Highlights, Energise, Global Rock Challenge and any other performance opportunity. In Year 13 I was dance captain and choreographed for the Dance Performance Group. I also did a huge amount of dance outside school.

I also got involved with music at WHS. I was part of orchestras, choirs and small groups and I went on every music tour from Year 7 – Year 11.


Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?

I loved going on the annual music tours. We got to go to some great places like Poland, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. I met some of my closest friends through doing music, so tours were like a holiday with your friends (with a small bit of music!).


What did you do after school?

I took a gap year after school before heading to university. In my gap year I worked for the Wycombe foodbank, The One Can Trust. I also went travelling to Sri Lanka where I volunteered teaching English and on a turtle conservation project.


After my gap year I started university studying Maths at King’s College London. I loved my time at King’s doing maths and being involved with the dance society. I also loved living and studying in London.

If you went to Uni where did you go and why did you choose it?

I did my undergraduate degree at King’s College London. I chose King’s because I wanted to study in central London and be somewhere with a big dance society!

I’m now doing a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. I chose to come to Cambridge because it was the best possible place for me to study Maths at this level.

What are you up to now?

I’m currently doing a master’s degree in Pure Maths at the University of Cambridge. It’s a really intensive course and gets very tough sometimes but overall, I’m enjoying it. Studying at Cambridge is a completely different experience to what I was used to at King’s.

Last summer I interned at Deutsche Bank in their technology division working within Credit Risk. At the end of my course at Cambridge I may return to work at the bank on their graduate scheme but I’m also looking at other options including a PhD in Cybersecurity.

What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?

I would say that you really don’t need to rush into deciding what you want to do. When you take a step back from the pressures of school it’s much easier to work out what the best option is for you.

Taking a gap year after school was definitely the best decision for me. It gave me the chance to really think about what and where I wanted to study for the next three years.

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