YEAR 13 leaver, Maxim Bobrov, is off to the University of Manchester in September to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) after achieving the A Level grades he needed this summer.

We had a quick catch up with Maxim before he starts his new adventure:

Maxim, in which year did you join King’s Ely?

“I joined King’s Ely in Year 9 as a King’s Ely Senior student, meaning I went through the non-international GCSE system.”

Which University/Institution are you going to and what will you be studying?

“I’m heading off to the University of Manchester to study PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics).”

What career path do you hope to pursue?

“I’m hoping to become an investment banker (or anything finance-related) in the future at firms like Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan, but that can change if my interests change as I go through University.”

How do you think King’s Ely prepared you for University life?

“During Years 12 and 13, we were given a lot of talks by outside speakers, who discussed with us the different aspects of University life, be it student finance, social life, interacting with lecturers etc. I’ve found these talks very helpful and I feel they have given me the knowledge to come to University already knowing what I can expect. Furthermore, since Year 12, all of my teachers have given me more independence and less ‘spoon-feeding’ which has allowed me to discover what kind of learning techniques work for me and which ones do not. I feel that the more independent teaching and learning approach that the teachers give to students at King’s has also extensively prepared me for University, where nearly all work that I will be doing will be completely independent. I’ve also had a lot of one-to-one time with my form tutor, who has given be great tips and advice on how I can manage my time at University doing a very intense subject, which I’m sure will help me once I settle in Manchester.”

What will you miss most about King’s Ely and what did you enjoy most during your time here?

“There are a lot of things I’ll miss about King’s and it’s rather hard to group them into one thing. That being said, I think I’ll miss my boarding house the most – after all it has become my home for the last five years and to me it really felt like moving home when I left King’s! I think living by myself made me more independent and grown up, so I really will miss this experience when I go away to Uni. In terms of what I enjoyed the most, I think it’s the lesson atmosphere, where I could really engage in whatever subject I was doing. My teachers have all done a great job and I have enjoyed every moment of being at King’s.”

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