Former Student Profile - Emma Smith, Class of 2015
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.