We spoke to two students from Tottenham, studying at Haringey Sixth Form College, who have recently made the most of their exciting opportunities
Tahanni Hussein, aged 18
“From a young age I’ve been interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) but I didn’t really know what STEM was. I’m a problem solving person and I like taking apart problems, especially if they’re difficult, and find it’s really rewarding at the end to get a result.
I started taking an interest in computer science, did some research online, and that’s when ‘Stemettes’ came up. Stemettes is a social enterprise encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM subjects. I found out they had a mentoring programme so I applied and was matched with a mentor who worked for Salesforce in Liverpool Street. Twice a month for four months I met her and she introduced me to colleagues involved in computer science and I got to ask them questions and it was really good.
They had organised this competition where you had to promote STEM in your school or college and I did a blog entry and some presentations for Year 10s on STEM, encouraging them to pursue these subjects, and I was one of the few selected to attend a conference in San Francisco!
It lasted for four days and is the largest technology convention in the world. There were keynote speakers such as Michelle Obama and will.i.am and it was such an enriching environment and it really encouraged me and gave me that drive to pursue computer science at university.”
- Follow Tahanni at her blog: tehk-n-tea.tumblr.com
Tyler Edwards-Morgan, aged 17
“The sixth form college is involved with the Tottenham University Project and the organiser, Dalwardin Babu, offered an opportunity to attend the England Vs Germany game (in November) and write a report about it. I had the privilege of being selected and felt very grateful to the college for offering me this opportunity as I don’t think I would have ever imagined being given a chance to do something like this.
I have a passion for football and to be given a chance to explore the journalism side of being involved in the game was a real eye-opener. The FA invited me along and I sat in the press centre and watched the match. It was really cold but such a good experience and I would say even better than sitting in the front row – which I did a few weeks before. Having conversations with the press and being in that environment made the game so exciting.
The report wasn’t difficult to write at all. It took me about 30 minutes and then seeing it online – ‘in print’ – gave me a real sense of achievement and I felt proud. I would definitely like to have a job in the sports industry and, at the moment, I’m thinking of going to university and becoming a sports coach.”
- Read Tyler’s report of the game here: https://t.co/0mNcJ92wuO