What Issabella says:
I attended Clifton Community School where I studied English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Spanish, Music and Sport. I then progressed to Wickersley Sixth Form to do my A levels. I studied Geography, Psychology, General Studies and Level 3 Applied Science, and left with 3 Bs and a Distinction*.
I am now in my third year of studying Environmental Geography at The University of York, hoping to go on to do a Masters here next year in Marine Environmental Management.
In the summer holiday following my first year of university, I spent four weeks in Indonesia with Operation Wallacea. I spent a week living in a little village in the jungle. I was taught how to scuba dive and monitored the coral reefs to collect data that was sent to the Indonesian government.
In July this year, I participated in an advanced course in scuba diving using the experience to collect data for my dissertation. I spent five weeks this summer volunteering with a marine conservation charity called Love The Oceans and as part of this experience was able to collect my dissertation research on coral reefs. This gave me even more experience monitoring reefs, as well as practice in collecting data from artisanal fisheries and teaching basic biology in the local schools. I am now much more skilled in handling, analysing and logging data, which are all vital skills for my degree.
All of this experience should hopefully allow me to work with charities like Love The Oceans in the future and travel around the world with them to do exactly what I love!