George Davis AlumniView All Profiles
Studying History at University of Nottingham. George Studied Biology, History and EPQ and IFS at Sixth Form.
'I gained a lot from my time at the Sixth Form but going on to university has changed my life. I have been eager to share that experience with Thetford students to convey how capable they are of achieving their goals. The SU tested my critical thinking, social skills and personal skills every day. I had to believe in myself and my ability to work collaboratively; the experience has stayed with me and helped throughout my university journey.’
My Experience of the EPQ
The EPQ was invaluable. It was the first time that I was fully accountable for my own learning and my own progress through a project. I had the opportunity to work on a topic that I was passionate about and undertake professional research. Research skills are key to almost all university degrees and my EPQ helped me to learn more about how I could do this effectively and also the individual techniques that worked best for me. The research skills, time management, self-discipline and motivation that I harnessed for the EPQ are skills that I use at university every single day. I also got to experience how it felt to face setbacks and problems during a project. My project took numerous different turns along the way and I learnt that perseverance and resilience are pivotal to succeeding academically and in all other walks of life.
My Experience of Sixth Form Leadership
Leading the SU meant I was responsible for its running and success. I learnt a lot about the best ways to communicate with a group and how to balance multiple commitments alongside my studies. The SU tested my critical thinking, social skills and personal skills every day. I had to believe in myself and my ability to work collaboratively; the experience has stayed with me and helped throughout my university journey. I became more confident and adaptable after working in the SU. I also had the experience of working with local charities and speaking publicly on kindness, individuality, trauma and perseverance. My outlook and perspective was broadened because of this experience and I believe it has helped shape who I am as both a student and a person.
Plans for the Future
I plan on using my degree in some form of education. I would love a career in History academia and lecturing and am considering completing a Masters degree after graduating. History has been a brilliant degree choice as it has opened my eyes to the world around me and helped me to think critically. I hope to be put in a position where I can use my historical knowledge and skills to improve the lives of those around me and change the way people interact with the world. There is still so much work to be done on decolonising the school curriculum and uncovering previously marginalised stories - I hope to play a part in that.