Graduated : 2010

Krisha graduated from King’s College Alicante in 2010, when her gap year in China provided her with a love of travel, culture and language, and lead her to undertake her university degree in Chinese and History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her teachers embedded her with a love of learning, even for the subjects she was less confident about. Now, with her graduation on the horizon, her future looks set to hold many exciting things and countries!

Krisha GhandiAfter King’s I went on to spend a year working at the British School of Beijing – where one of our Alicante school’s previous head teachers had also begun working. I was so grateful for this opportunity as it completely changed my future plans for studying, and generally my outlook on life.

I had always been interested in taking a gap year, but until I saw the advert for the job in Beijing, the right thing had never really come along. I had signed up to attend a university in the UK , but when I was presented with the idea of going away for a year, to a new country, experiencing a new culture, learning a new language, and of course earning some money … I jumped at the chance!

I studied hard and did really well in my A Levels, mainly thanks to my outstanding teachers, without whom I wouldn’t be where I am today. I actually performed better than expected and was able to re-apply to my dream university and this is really because of the hard work my English teacher Sophie Welsh and my History teacher, Graham Birrell, who both dedicated so much of their time to making sure we knew how to pass our exams and do so with confidence. Sophie completely revolutionised the subject of English for me, I had been really dejected about the subject but she made me see the life in each play script we read, despite our classes dreadful acting abilities, and we began acting out our plays, so that we ourselves could feel the emotions of the literature we were working with . With Sophie’s help I ended up writing coursework that I became really passionate about and that new found interest in the subject was a massive element to mine and our whole class’s success.

I am currently living in London and studying Chinese (Mandarin Modern, Classical and Cantonese) with History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In the past four years, I have spent two here in the English capital and two in the Chinese capital Beijing. Both cities now feel like home to me and once graduated I hope to find away where I can visit both on an annual basis!

I have excitingly signed up to a graduate programme with the charity TeachFirst who’s mission it is to fight educational inequality. I don’t know what my long-term plans are after that, but I am definitely excited about what the future holds…