Jessica and Katherine get a taste of University life
Students Jessica Dick and Katherine Qualey got a taste of what University life is like during the summer holiday.
Jessica and Katherine, who have just started Year 11, each spent three days at two of the country’s top universities as part of the prestigious Salters Institute residential programme.
Jessica visited the University of York and Katherine spent time at Cambridge University. They both took chemistry classes and stayed in the Halls of Residence.
Katherine said: “It was amazing. We did a variety of different experiments and we got to experience student life there. We did lots of group activities, made new friends and had tours around the area.
“I met a lot of people I am still in contact with. I really enjoyed the chemistry and University life.
“I definitely want to go to University, and maybe do chemistry, one day.”
Jessica said: “It wasn’t what I expected. The campus was really big and the facilities in the lab we were in were great. Everyone was really friendly.
“It was really good because I didn’t know what it would be like but I’m quite sure now I would really like it.”
Science teacher Sharon Bialacki said: “This is the first time that Corby Business Academy has had students attend this programme.
“We are able to apply for four places, the process is competitive and students have to complete an application form explaining their motives for attending.
“Students from the same school are not allowed to apply for the same location and it is only available to year 10 students
“These students were very quick to complete their forms and it is a unique opportunity to experience university life at such a young age.
“The application process will begin in November again this year and we hope to send four students next year.”