Welcome to Typically Topical!
At the age of 16, I achieved 12A*s at GCSE from a state school, and was awarded full scholarships to attend Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge summer schools.
At 17, I secured a fully-funded internship position working within the Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London and became a guest writer for the UN Special Magazine.
I also worked with a humanitarian based organisation in Switzerland, and supported and coached thousands of young people across the world.
By 18, I secured a prestigious job at a world class scientific facility in Switzerland, and worked with some of the best universities across USA and the UK.
This hasn't been an easy journey...
Well…as nice as all of this sounds, I’ll be honest, this hasn’t been an easy journey and this wasn’t the original journey I had planned for myself.
Over the past 4 years, I have faced many obstacles – some of which were harder to overcome than others.
Throughout school I faced the torments of severe bullying from both peers and some teachers. I had no-one to turn to other than my parents.
I’m not going to go into detail but it got so bad that I decided to leave school with just one AS level.
You can probably guess what this means. I couldn’t attend a traditional university. Very few universities would even consider me for a foundation degree despite my previous results.
After GCSEs I set my sights on top universities, and so this felt like game over, and for a few months this was all I could think about. I never thought this would happen.
However, I decided it didn’t have to be game over. I had already managed to secure internships and employment without a degree.
This wasn’t by luck or by chance.
I was accepted on to these internships and full time roles because I demonstrated passion for the subject and more importantly developed the real life skills employers and placements were looking for.
I had worked hard to develop my application, writing and employability skills at a young age. Here’s the thing…you can too!
I’m not saying you shouldn’t go for that top-class degree at that prestigious university – if that’s your goal, go for it! Do everything possible to make that goal a reality.
In fact, despite the work experience I enrolled myself on to an Open University Honours Degree, and whilst studying full time (120 credits a year) I also worked full time.
By my 20th birthday I had already gained 4 years worth of work experience across 4 different organisations, some of which was based abroad.
Now at 19, I am a published author, keynote speaker, ‘Rising Star’ Award Winner 2018 and now founder of Typically Topical.
Guess what? I still haven’t graduated yet (I have my second year exams this summer and I have another year to go!).
The point is: Whatever you want to achieve, you can do this! Forget the people who say it’s impossible. Impossible actually reads ‘I’m possible’.
No matter where you are in your journey, it is always possible to turn things around.
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