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  • Harriet

    Joined EMS: 2019

    Former School: St. Peter’s C of E School

    School Type: 11 – 16 state school

    County: Devon

    Studied in addition to Maths and Further Maths: Physics and Computer Science

    What are your hobbies and interests?

    I enjoy playing in bands inside and out of school, and go to see live music whenever possible. I play violin and piano and love all sorts of music – jazz, folk, classical, you name it. I also love to read and discuss politics or philosophy with anyone who’s up for it.


    What is your ambition for the future?

    I would like to study Computer Science and Philosophy at university, and maybe go on to do research after that. I think it’s extremely important to be able to question your own logic and beliefs. As time goes on, the extent to which new technologies shape our lives is becoming clearer. I think we should question the power that is given to big tech companies and how they’re using it. I’m also interested in cyber security and swarm robotics.


    Tell us about the extra-curricular activities you’ve taken part in whilst at EMS

    At EMS, I’ve really enjoyed the maths problem solving sessions. It’s a great place to try out other kinds of maths questions to the ones you see on the A-level syllabus. At Exeter College, I’ve loved being involved in the music department. Last year, I played violin in Jazz Project and their orchestra. There are loads of chances to perform – for example, the orchestra played in a Christmas concert in the Cathedral, and Jazz Project was set to play at Respect Festival. I also went to Model UN (having no previous experience with that kind of thing) and really took to it. We went to conferences all over, including in Bristol and Bath.


    What has been your biggest surprise about EMS?

    The biggest surprise for me was how much fun it’s been – the community is amazing and everyone is really friendly. The teachers are supportive and I’ve made a lot of great friends over my time here. It’s very different from secondary school because we’re given a lot more freedom, and the teachers treat us like equals.

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