Lydia

Year you joined TGS (and year group): 2009-2016.

School honours: Languages Leader, Head Teacher's Prize.

Clubs and societies: TGS Motet Choir, orchestra, swing band, Young Enterprise.

Post school destination:  University of Cambridge.

Course Studied: Modern and Medieval Languages (French & German).

Current or most recent role: Translation & Editorial Assistant at Only Today Editorial Consultancy.

Top 3 memories of your time at TGS?: Taking part in FerMUN, a Model United Nations conference in Geneva; playing stoolball; the Year 7 school trip to Tonbridge High Street. 

If you studied the IB Diploma, how has this helped in further study/your job?: I'm honestly so glad I did the IB. It prepared me to think about things in an analytical way, and studying six subjects meant I already had experience of languages, literature and history when I started university, which are all part of my degree course now. I found TOK especially useful in helping me to think about why we perceive the world in certain ways. The IB is also really (and increasingly) well respected by universities and other students generally – people will always be impressed when you say you've done it! 

How did TGS support your application to further education?:  I had practice interviews with several different TGS teachers and external contacts, which was invaluable experience when it came to my real university interview, and the school was really helpful in organising these for me. Teachers from the languages department also recommended me books and films, checked over work for me, suggested taster events to attend and were generally amazing, which definitely upped my chances of getting in for my chosen course. 

What did TGS 'give' you that has stayed with you throughout your life?: Entering the real world and realising that it's a place where women are often disadvantaged, I feel very lucky to have attended a school where the intelligence and capability of women was never in doubt. 

What would you tell someone thinking of studying at TGS?: It's a great school that fosters a conscientious mentality, and if you seek out support to achieve your personal goals, you'll always receive it! 

What's the most challenging/rewarding part of your job?: I'm currently doing a year-long internship in Berlin as part of my degree course. I love living in a different city, having lots of responsibility and working on cool publications for museums in Germany and beyond, but I still find speaking on the phone in German quite nerve-racking so I'm always pretty pleased with myself when I've mustered up the courage to do that. 

Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?: I haven't quite decided yet, but I'm thinking about a career in journalism or law. 

Where would we find you on a day off?: I'd love to say exploring Berlin's edgiest highlights, but in reality probably in my pyjamas with a book. 

The most inspirational place you've been?:  I've been lucky enough to travel to a lot of cool places, but last summer I went on an amazing trip to India, landing in New Delhi and travelling up to Leh, then down to Srinagar and Jaipur via some perilous bus routes. Being in the north of the country was a really peaceful experience and also very culturally different to boiling hot, jam-packed Delhi, but I loved all parts of the trip and am keen to return to India again soon. 

Favourite book of all time?:  Anything by Ian McEwan. 

What one thing would make the world a better place?: If everyone played their part in slowing down climate change. 

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A West End stage star.