Ayesha couldn’t believe her eyes when she opened up her results on Results Day

Our Student Ambassadors are involved students who invest their time to help make our programme as great as possible. They work closely with our Programme Team to contribute to our programme design, they represent our student body, and support their fellow students. For their participation in the programme, Student Ambassadors gain important leadership and organisation skills that will help them with their development in the future. 

Ayesha is one of our students in West Yorkshire, and a new student ambassador. We asked Ayesha to tell us about her journey on The Access Project, and about where she wants to be in five years.

“I would like to use my story to motivate other girls and boys like me to follow their dreams”

Currently, I am a student in year 12 working on my A levels. I hadn’t always had the easiest route to get to where I am right now.

For one, I was not meeting my target grade at GCSE Maths. This had always got me down and unmotivated me, until I heard of The Access Project through my school. I decided it would be a good idea to join and sign up for Maths tuition. Seven weeks. 15 tutorials. Two grades higher. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened up my results on Results Day to see that I had jumped two whole grades just after seven weeks of hard work and determination.

Now I am studying three A levels: Biology, Chemistry and Sociology at Sixth Form. Seeing my improvement at GCSE I decided to carry on with The Access Project, this time getting tutorials in Biology. I am currently seeing lots of improvement in my work and feel prepared when entering classes. Because of the impact that taking part in The Access Project tutorials has had on my education, particularly after the pandemic, I became a Student Ambassador to share my story and hopefully motivate other students to follow the same path I did.

In five years I hope to be a fourth year medic, studying at a Russell Group university. I would like to have a complex understanding of what it is to be a doctor and hopefully have chosen the right speciality for me to train in. I hope to have worked with all sorts of people, sharing my experiences with them and making a difference to society. Studying Medicine has been a lifelong dream of mine because of my passion for science but also because of my devotion to making an impact on the lives of others.

As a person of colour, coming from a deprived area in West Yorkshire, I would like to use my story to motivate other girls and boys like me to follow their dreams and become who they want to become. I have learnt that it takes hard work and the right motivation to reach your goals, but once one goal is met, the rest is just within reach.