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Aleshia Barr, Scarborough Sixth Form

Aleisha for websiteAleshia Barr, a student at Scarborough Sixth Form, recently attended the York Experience Summer School (YESS), a five day residential event for students in Year 12.

Designed by the University of York, YESS aims to give a unique insight into the average week of an undergraduate student, both academically and socially. Experiences from the event help students start to think about what and where they could study, and what they need to do to get there.

Aleisha told us “I’m doing Sociology, English Literature, English Language and Media at the moment - I don’t really know what I want to do at University… I went to a politics session today and found it so interesting. I’d like to do journalism I think, but I could always do politics and then become a journalist maybe – I’m really still deciding.”

The Summer School is a good opportunity for students to discover the array of subjects on offer at university, what these entail and how it might feel to be in Higher Education. Whether they want to develop existing knowledge or study something new, the support on offer at YESS gives students like Aleshia the opportunity to ‘trial’ progression into higher education.

At YESS, students take part in lectures and seminars that are designed to be a true representation of degree level study. Other sessions that YESS provide are information about finance, accommodation, and how to write and submit an application form. As it is a residential event, Aleshia also had the chance to stay in university accommodation; she remarked that she “was surprised by how nice the accommodation was!”

YESS includes some social activities, as one of the messages from the event is that maintaining a good work-life balance is important. “We had some free time as well to see the city on our own and experience it – we made friends with a girl from Wales and showed her around. We went for a meal together which was really nice.”

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