After completing his course @ Kendal College, Richard Jackson spent 6 months playing and coaching hockey in Australia before accepting a place at Durham University to read Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity.
JS: Why did you decide to come to Kendal College?
RJ: The reason I decided to go to Kendal College was because I had previously tried sixth form and didn’t enjoy it/ found the exam style too difficult for me. So I took a 6 months of, did some labouring work etc and then started at Kendal College in September.
JS: Was college life what you expected and why?
RJ: I expected college life to be a lot more laid back than sixth form in terms of teachers constantly being on my back however I still expected to be challenged. One of the main reasons I chose college was the fact that I was taking a full time course however it was only three days a week. This gave me the chance to get my work done and earn money at the same time.
JS: How would you describe your college experience?
RJ: I thoroughly enjoyed my college experience and to be honest I couldn’t recommend it more. After dropping out of sixth form I didn’t know what to do with myself and I felt like I was wasting my education. But college gave me the exact opportunity I needed, a course that could get me to university and a course that I could enjoy doing.
JS: What have you gone on to do since college? Any notable achievements?
RJ: I actually finished my college course half a year early, the reason I did this was because I had the opportunity to go and play and coach hockey in Australia for 6 months. However this was only on the basis that I had finished all of my coursework before I left. Fortunately I worked really hard and achieved D* D* D* (equivalent to A* A* A* at A-Level). Before I left for Australia I also secured a place at Durham University to study Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity. After leaving sixth form, I could never have dreamed of what I have achieved since.
JS: How did the course help you to prepare for after college life?
RJ: With college being so independent, it meant that it set me up for university perfectly. At university you don’t get someone constantly pushing you and so college set me up really well for this.
JS: Did you gain any certificates or qualifications whilst doing the course which helped?
RJ: I gained quite a lot of qualifications doing the course however they haven’t really helped me yet so far, but I’m sure they will in the future at some point!
JS: If you could give one piece of advice for prospective students what would it be?
RJ: The advice I would give to prospective students is to have fun at college and embrace the course but make sure that when you are completing the course work set by the tutor, do it to the best of your ability. I set myself a target at the start of the course that I wanted to achieve three D*, this has now opened up so many opportunities for me because I worked hard. I know a lot of people that haven’t worked hard at college and now have limited options. Finally, enjoy what the college has to offer, I look back now thinking what an amazing time I spent there and if I could I would do it all over again.
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The interview was conducted by James Saxon, the College’s Sport & Fitness Lecturer.