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Megan tries out Cambridge life

Blackpool Sixth Form student Megan Davidson

Blackpool Sixth Form student Megan Davidson

Cambridge University is beckoning a Blackpool student.

Megan Davidson, a student at Blackpool Sixth Form, spent four days at the top flight college to try out life as a student at the world’s third oldest university.

The 17-year-old is interested in reading economics from September.

She said: “I’d heard a lot about Cambridge from others, but I wanted to experience it myself, to make my own mind up, and I think it is amazing.”

Megan was offered the opportunity by Cambridge University Students’ Union’s (CUSU) shadowing scheme, who paired her up with a current student to attend lectures, supervisions, and social events.

Places on the scheme are prioritised for students with a strong acdemic record but no links to Oxbridge or experience of higher education.

Sam Ruiz, Access Officer for CUSU, said “The Shadowing Scheme gives bright students from state schools the chance to experience university life, and really helps to break down the myths surrounding Cambridge.

“We know that some students may be put off applying to Cambridge by misconceptions and negative stereotypes, while others just may not have considered Cambridge or Higher Education as viable options at all.

“We hope the experience students like Megan get from the Shadowing Scheme will help them to make informed choices about their options post-sixth-form.”

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