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Alumni Stories
Alumni Stories
Alumni Stories

Our alumni have kindly agreed to share their personal accounts of their time at Akademeia and their lives following graduation. Read their stories and get to know our former students. These testimonials can give you a glimpse at what others have done before you at Akademeia.

 

Agata Kożuchowska

Student of Songwriting, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute

What have you been up to since you left Akademeia?

I have published my band’s album on streaming platforms and moved onto forming a new public persona for myself as a solo artist. I am currently reshaping my sound and image for further releases, supplementing my studies with various volunteering opportunities at music festivals in London and participating in numerous open mics around Brighton. I really enjoy being part of the city’s lively music scene.

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Tomasz Płudowski

Student of Natural Sciences at Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge

How studying at Akademeia helped you prepare for university?

Akademeia made my high school to university transition easier. Akademeia gave us more freedom and flexibility when it comes to studying than other schools. When I came to the University of Cambridge, I saw a lot of my new friends struggling to adapt to their new life – adjusting to new independent study modes, developing an efficient way of working or managing workflow. Thanks to Akademeia I was able to get into university-style-work more quickly.

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Małgorzata Róg

Student of Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Małgosia Róg

What are your three favourite things about Akademeia?

The freedom of choice of what I wanted to learn; the support that I received on each step of the university application process and – most importantly – amazing teachers that not only know a lot about their subjects and teaching methods, but also are generally interesting and friendly people.

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Maria Szafarz

Student of History and Politics, University of Cambridge

Maria Szafarz

Looking back at your own school time, what advice do you have for current Akademeia students?

Enjoy your time in Akademeia. I know it lasts forever, it’s often a struggle, most of the time it is really difficult to understand what is going on, and it takes a lot of effort to complete it. However, once you finish it, you realize that it might be one of the best and most invaluable experiences, as well as a starting point of a completely new chapter in your life (far less forgiving and comfortable than Akademeia, although I dare say more exciting and worth the work).

P.S. Read books! You will have less time to do that at university. Equally, make sure to catch some nice plays in Warsaw. Theatres in England are definitely not as good as the ones in Poland.

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Julia Kałużna

Student of Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

What are your projects for the future?

I plan to set up my own theatre in Warsaw which will ask questions and answer them in a way that the dramatic world has never seen (if you are reading this and you are a potential investor, please do not hesitate to contact me 🙂 ).

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Jan Koźlik

Student of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Looking back at your own school time, what advice do you have for current Akademeia students?

Honestly, it would be “work smart not hard” or “spend more time on what you like rather than what seems to be more beneficial”.

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Magdalena Kiernozek

Student of Biochemistry, University College London

Magdalena Kiernożek | Akademeia High School Alumni

What are your three favourite things about Akademeia?

I made many amazing friendships during my time at Akademeia, both with fellow students and my teachers. That is what helped me to get through the hardest and most stressful moments. I also loved the fact that we were taught in very small groups and that made us able to discuss and explore everything that we were learning about.

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Krystian Schneyder

Student of Human, Social, and Political Science, University of Cambridge

Krystian Schneyder | Akademeia Alumni

How studying at Akademeia helped you prepare for university?

I often find myself going back to assignments and readings given to me by my teachers, often material from outside the curriculum, and using them in my University assignments. In AHS I learned how to write essays and organise my thoughts clearly. These two skills are fundamental in any discipline but especially in social sciences. The habit of sitting down and studying in a library or café after classes and lectures is something that I only began enjoying at AHS and it is a crucial part of University work. Furthermore, AHS taught me how to organise my work efficiently which proved extremely valuable in University, where work on your own, outside of lectures or supervisions, is a crucial part of the course.

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Michał Załuska

Student of Development Studies, SOAS University of London

Michał Załuska | Akademeia High School Alumni

How studying at Akademeia helped you prepare for university?

Apart from teaching me English, Akademeia has taught me how to think critically and attempt various issues from many different perspectives. I believe that is the most important thing a school can do for you. It also showed me how to structure my thoughts and write about them. This skill is vital in university if you still care about grades.

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