Prior to the Through the Looking Glass programme, I had been considering applying to Russell Group universities, but I was always unsure of my abilities.

After taking part, I was inspired by Lesley to aim higher, and decided to apply to the University of Cambridge. The application and interview process was challenging, but my efforts were successful and I began my BA in History at Clare College, Cambridge in October 2014.

Whilst at Cambridge I involved myself in a range of extra-curricular activities, and was elected as the access officer for the university’s BME campaign in 2016. I organised events for sixth form students of colour to meet BME students at Cambridge, in order to encourage more students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to Oxbridge. This commitment to widening access is one that was also inspired by Lesley and the whole Through the Looking Glass team.

Visiting a number of law firms during the Through the Looking Glass programme solidified my desire to work in commercial law. I am currently hoping to gain a Training Contract at an international law firm, and have been able to network with lawyers who support Through the Looking Glass.

The programme has influenced me to be tenacious and has provided me with support beyond the one week I completed in 2012, and this illustrates the unique impact of Through the Looking Glass.