Mayi Hughes, an Upper Sixth pupil at University College School in Hampstead, has been rewarded for an outstanding performance in the application tests and interview with the offer of a scholarship to Harvard University.
Mayi will start in Cambridge, Massachusetts next September and she is excited about the challenges ahead. “I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to belonging to such a prestigious and renowned university and I’m excited about all of the opportunities which will be presented to me, both academically and beyond. I’ve always loved being a part of a school community so I can’t wait to experiment with different societies and groups. The African Students Association and Kuumba singing group are both societies which I plan on joining. Harvard will also support my sporting ambitions whilst allowing me to flourish academically.”
Mayi found the application process grueling but felt supported by her teachers throughout, “The help UCS gave me with my application was excellent. They assigned me a counsellor and having one-to-one sessions with a member of the school’s Sixth Form team ensured my application was a strong as it could be. I was offered places at both Harvard and Princeton but I was really impressed by the close-knit community at Harvard.” A number of other UCS pupils have applied to overseas universities, and they have all benefited from the in-house ACT Test preparation classes and the wealth of experience within the school’s Sixth Form management team. Overseas university fairs are hosted in the school’s Great Hall and attract pupils from across north London. These events, combined with the one-to-one support given to applicants, have helped pupils like Mayi to be successful in their applications to illustrious institutions like Harvard, Yale, MIT, Duke, McGill and Columbia in the last three years.