International students celebrate Cambridge offer success

Friday 30 January 2015

International A-Level students Thea Shi and Yuriy Gorbonov are both celebrating after receiving offers from Cambridge University.


Thea, an 18 year old student from China has spoken to us of her excitement and anticipation about her offer. ‘Cambridge has always been the more popular University option for me. My cousin studied there and I am so happy that I have been offered a place. When I was applying, I checked the league tables for all Universities and although I have applied to other Universities, I am so relieved to get an offer from St. Catharine’s.’


Thea has been studying A levels at John Leggott College for 2 years and has played an active role not only in her studies but also in her enrichment activities, something she thinks helped to get an interview at the prestigious institution. ‘I have been taking Duke Of Edinburgh during my time at JLC as part of my enrichment and I am working towards my Gold award. I am also the secretary of the Student Union. It is great to be a part of something that helps students and makes good things happen around college. I work hard for my studies so it’s great to do something that is fun.’ Thea also recently received the highest score in the college in the UK Maths Trust Challenge. Last year she moved up from their Senior Maths Challenge and progressed on to become a Senior Kangaroo, their most senior level. ‘I added my successes in the maths challenge to my personal statement for University. I am so thankful to my maths teacher for giving me the opportunity to take part. The teachers are always so helpful at JLC, especially in Maths. They have time for you to help solving problems and are always there if you need advice or guidance’.


For Yuriy Gorbonov, 18, from Moscow, it all started with a 2 week Taster course at JLC. ‘I was unsure about which courses I wanted to take for my A levels and the taster course really helped to finalise my decision. I came for 2 weeks and tried different subjects which made starting in September a lot easier.’ He was so happy to receive his offer from Homerton College at Cambridge for Natural sciences and says ‘the freedom of choices at JLC gives you the opportunities to progress to broader subjects at University. I will be studying Natural Sciences which gives me lots of options for a career after University.


Wendy Chaplain, destinations adviser at the college, has been the driving force behind the link with Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Of the great news about Thea and Yuriy she said, “Students have to work extremely hard to receive an Oxbridge offer, and to hear that Thea and Yuriy’s exciting journeys started with us makes the hard work very worthwhile.”


If you would like to be an International student at JLC and follow in the paths of Thea and Yuriy with either a taster course or A-levels, why not contact the International Team


John Leggott College would like to wish both of the students every success with their degrees and their futures at Cambridge.