Egor is studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry in Year 13, as part of the British programme, with a view to applying to top UK universities. Egor previously studied in the United Kingdom for four years, and found the experience to be very illuminating.
I first went to Britain in 2012. First, to Bedford and then a small town in Cumbria. It is a nice country, but I lived in small towns, so I can’t judge about life in London. I think it was a good experience. When I moved to England, I had very little knowledge of English; I could ask where to go and just about express myself. During my time there, I learned a lot, not just in terms of academics but also in terms of how private schools in Britain are set, and about British traditions.
Speaking about the UK education system, Egor noted many differences compared to studying in Russia.
They have set systems, and the number of subjects tends to decrease as you go higher and higher, not increase, like in Russia. At GCSE level I studied 9 subjects. I took the core subjects, Science triple award, Geography, Drama, History, Spanish, and Russian. Hated Geography. I liked History, and I got a B in it, which was my highest grade for a humanities GCSE. My first teacher hated me, and told me I would never succeed in it; he was very politicized and disagreed with the opinions I expressed in my essays.
Egor is passionate about Maths and looking to study in Moscow or the United Kingdom, with a view to conducting research in the field of physics.
I want attend a Maths faculty at either Moscow State University or one of the British universities with a good Maths Faculty, like the University of Cambridge or University College London.
I just love maths. In the future, I’d like to be either an astrophysicist or an engineer, as both involve maths and physics. This year I’ll study mechanics. I have not decided between a maths degree and a physics degree – that is a decision I will have to make later.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Good question, maybe as a part of a science research group, either in Russia or in the European Union – I have a Romanian passport, so I’m a citizen of the EU. Maybe something like waves research. Waves is my favourite part of physics. They recently discovered gravity waves, so that field is open for new investigation.
Why did you choose the UK programme?
America is too far away, the travel and the time difference are too great. Secondly, I don’t like how politicized American campuses are. In the United Kingdom, it was less politics and more studying. The political parties don’t get into schools and colleges as much – students in the US are too divided into political groups.
What are your biggest strengths?
Sometimes I am very hard working, other times I can be a little lazy and not want to do anything. But before exams I forget about everything else, and I just concentrate on exams. Strength and weakness cancel each other out, I guess.
What would you say your greatest achievement is?
Twice I won the maths challenge for being best in the year, and came top five in the whole school, despite people in the year above taking part in the challenge as well.
My biggest non-academic achievement, would probably be that I wrote a story on a fan fiction website and it is so popular that people are now writing stories and spin offs from my story. It’s not a very popular fandom, based on a game – Undertale.
In his spare time, Egor continues to write and plays chess.
I play chess. I used to compete, and I plan on doing so again and taking part in some tournaments. I used to do a lot of writing, I used to write a chapter a day or in two days, but don’t do it as much anymore.
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