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MEET Xana, an aspiring Radiographer. she tells us about her desire to help others, why she chose knights sixth form and the benefits of joining a new school. 

Can you tell us a bit about your hobbies?

I enjoy jogging and going on walks. Mainly, I love taking care of my niece and nephew because they are very cute. When it comes to taking care of younger children, I feel like I learn a lot from them through the things that they do and say. They teach you lessons without knowing.


What do you hope to do next year?

Currently I am studying Chemistry, Biology & Psychology. I have applied to study radiography at university. I have had two interviews so far. I think they went well and the interviewers were very understanding because I was quite nervous! In respect of applying to university and preparing us for life after school, the teachers have been super helpful. I received help and advice from multiple teachers about what to include in my personal statement.


Do you have any ideas about what you would like to do after university? 

Radiography is something that I would love to pursue as a career.  I found out about it in a workshop in which they shared their experience as radiographers and did a demonstration. This really inspired me to consider it as something that I could do in the future. I find it really interesting, especially because it's an effective way to help people around me. I'd been looking for a career route that would be meaningful and allow me to make a difference to people's lives. My parents have inspired my desire to help other people. They are always looking to help others whenever they have the chance and I want to do the same. 


Why did you choose Knights Sixth Form? 

Knights wasn’t initially my first choice, however, when I attended the open day I was really blown away by the sense of community here. I could tell by speaking to students and teachers that I would be accepted into their community and that we would all be treated as equals. This is definitely true. I think that anyone joining Knights will be warmly welcomed. 


Can you tell me about a highlight of your time at Knights Sixth Form? 

I have had the opportunity to get to know a lot more people which was great as I came from a different school and area. Also, the teachers treat you in a way that you have to be responsible for managing your time and doing your homework, while still being really understanding and supportive. I have really enjoyed this experience and I think it has helped to prepare me for university and work life where I won't have all my childhood friends with me. I had to adjust and make friends and I have really enjoyed this social aspect of being in a new school.


Do you have any advice to someone joining Knights Sixth Form? 

I would tell them not to be afraid of speaking to the teachers about anything. They will never judge you and they are understanding. It's important to remember that they always want to get the best out of you. Also, don't expect to get away with things that they did in Year 11!


What makes you most proud of Knights Sixth Form?

There are so many opportunities at Knights Sixth Form, such as scholarship and trips, and the teachers will support you in getting the most out of your time here. 


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