Megan Marshall lives in Dunmow, Essex. She is studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Broadcast and Digital Media at Global Academy in Hayes, Middlesex.

Megan found out about her course through her mum. She says,

My mum saw an advert on Facebook and she showed it to me as I wanted to study for a career in the media. Applying felt like a big risk at the time because the building wasn’t finished and there was so much interest. I didn’t think I’d get in so I was amazed when I received the news that I’d been offered a place.

When asked about what attracted her to Global Academy she said their approach to learning was really different and they could offer really good opportunities for professional experience. Megan went to Global’s Headquarters for her induction and she says that was the moment that she decided the UTC was where she wanted to study.

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On the first mouth her parents were worried that she wouldn’t be able to handle the long journey and might end up dropping out. Her brother and sister were also concerned about how disruptive the new routine would be. Going to a school closer to home would have been far easier but once her parents visited the school and got a better understanding they were really impressed and they now share her enthusiasm.

Megan took her GCSEs at her local school and got excellent grades, this meant that she was accepted at three local sixth forms. Her old teachers were shocked that she wanted to join a new Academy so far away but they supported her decision and have continued to show interest in her journey ever since.

I was nervous doing something different to my friends and going somewhere where I didn’t know anyone but I knew everyone else was going to be new too so we would all be in the same boat.

When asked about her journey she said:

It’s worse in the winter and getting up is much harder when it’s dark, but whenever I question my decision I think about all the great experiences I’ve had and I know I would never have got those opportunities anywhere else.

Choosing to study at a UTC was a risk but it paid off for me and I’m happy I’ve managed to make the journey work. I’m prepared to get up at 5am to study for the career I want to go in to and the unique opportunities my school offers in the industry.

After her studies Megan would like to go to University and study for a career in TV and film production.

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