Rune studies Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He only began to dream of studying abroad when he met an Oxford student while climbing Mt. Kenya – after being rejected from a Danish university. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. While drinking beer in a pub in Oxford, Rune, Marcus and Anders (advisors to Project Access) decided to do something to change that, and make sure that information about these types of universities is accessible to everyone. Rune was previously the Managing Director of the Oxford Strategy Group, is currently a member of the executive board at Danish Students Abroad and was working with McKinsey & Co. in London this summer.
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Since finishing school Anna has deliberately sought out international education opportunities, spending two years at Peking University studying Chinese and then going on to do a degree in History at the University of Oxford. During her time at Oxford she did a range of different internships only to find that her passion lay in dynamic nonprofits and social entrepreneurship. Aware of how important the encouragement and help of former Oxford students was for her own application process, she hopes to extend the access to this kind of mentorship through Project Access. Anna was previously the Founding President of Swedish International Students & Alumni, has worked for the China Program of the Carter Center and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.
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Nicholas has studied at some of the world’s best universities in Asia, Europe and the US, where he is currently a Crown Prince Frederik Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from Peking University, the LSE, and previously studied at Sciences Po, Paris. Nicholas worked for the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the former special advisor of the Danish PM. He is passionate about relations between China and the West and the role education plays in this – he was the Danish Youth Ambassador to China, has been named a Young Leader by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and he writes regularly for the National Interest on Chinese foreign policy. Nicholas is a partner in a Beijing-based start-up, which currently works with LGBT-rights in China.
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Jakub studies Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. He would never have had considered studying abroad had it not been for the excellent mentoring he received in high school. He feels passionate about providing this chance to others and is committed to reach out to the students who may not yet realise how far their talent can take then. He has held roles in various Oxford societies and has experience with Goldman Sachs in London. At present, he is also a director at the Oxford Strategy Group.
Hannah studies European Studies and Spanish at King’s College London. She only applied to UK universities because she was wondering what she could do with a good score in the CAE English exam. Studying in London has opened doors to study at ITESM in Mexico, the University of Hong Kong and Complutense University in Madrid and she is passionate about helping others to get similar opportunities. Hannah was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria, a place full of classical music and tourism, so she loves learning languages and sings in a choir. Hannah has worked at Aberdeen Asset Management and in trading at J.P. Morgan.
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Li Chen applied to Oxford on a whim after reading a novel in which a character applies to Oxford and bombs his interview but still gets an offer. Thankfully, his own interview experience was more encouraging and he now studies Archaeology and Anthropology there. He believes that broadening university access is important for two reasons. Firstly, all students should be given a shot at pursuing their dream courses at the best universities in their field. Secondly, university access is intimately tied to the self-imagining of potential applicants and it would be cruel to deny them the knowledge necessary to realistically evaluate their strategies and options. He is also fond of cinema and his short films have toured on the international film festival circuit.
Anders has studied at five universities on three continents and is Co-founder and Managing Director of Ublend, a tech startup helping students make the most out of their time at university. He is a member of the Youth Advisory Board of the non-profit Young Global Pioneers and was member of the executive board at Danish Students Abroad. Anders is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.
Marcus graduated with first-class honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford, St Edmund Hall where he also in the first boat for the Oxford University Lightweight rowing team. He also holds a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Previously, he has worked at Dansk Bank, Saxo Bank, and CapitalAID, a financial technology start-up. He recently joined Boston Consulting Group.
Josh is currently in his second year of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He teaches Mathematics at a secondary school in Manchester, where he is also studying for an MA in Education. He graduated with a First Class degree in PPE from the University of Oxford, winning several university prizes, during which time he was also President of the Oxford Hub. Josh is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.
Elson’s an aspiring web developer from Malaysia, he co-founded a web development team, Nedex.io and has a portfolio of successful projects ranging from web designs to full scale content management systems. He is currently pursuing Bachelor Degree in Computer Science @ University of Wollongong Australia. Personally, he likes to take on new challenges and learn new things. PHP is his language of choice over English.
Soham studies Informatics MSc at the prestigious Technical University of Munich. He has worked as a Technical Consultant at Cognizant for more than two years and currently works as a Working Student Consultant at Academic Work Germany. He volunteered as a mentor at Project Access before taking up the role of Head of Product. He is a technologist, with a zeal to impact the lives of people for the better by help building better products and help drive smoother businesses. He loves to travel and is passionate about Real Madrid.
Terry is the partner-in-crime of Elson Tan. He co-founded, Nedex.io and also a production team, Oneshot Productions which is fueled by his passion for photography and videography. He is well-versed in web programming languages too. Alike Elson, he is also pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science @ UOW Australia.
Adela is working towards a degree in Architectural Studies at Northeastern University, with minors in Urban Studies and Graphic Design. She is a member of the studio team at Scout, a student-run design studio, which works to bring awareness about the importance of design to Northeastern’s community. She graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2013.
Steven Yew is a web developer and designer working along side Elson & Terry. Besides web development, he likes landscape photography and various kind of sports. Alike Elson and Terry, he is also pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science @ UOW Australia.
Kasia is reading Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge she completed her Bachelors in Social Anthropology at London School of Economics and subsequently lived in Bolivia. Kasia’s broad interests include languages, the Andes and education. She is currently focusing her research on Quechua language instruction in Bolivia. Kasia has extensive experience helping students across the globe find appropriate programs and gain admission to them. She joined Project Access’s content team to continue making more accessible the information needed to find out more about the opportunities out there and succeed in applications.
I am studying Human, Social, and Political Sciences at Cambridge. Prior to that, I earned my A level in Singapore. After going through the admission process, I realise I could have done a lot of things better had I known better. Project Access is a great opportunity for me and many to share their experience and make admission fairer for everyone
I’m a 2nd year at Oxford studying French and Italian. Having gone to a school that doesn’t traditionally send students to Oxford, and now finding how much I love Oxford, I am passionate about encouraging others to give it a go. I am involved in several outreach programmes, and am a Student Ambassador for my college. I believe that educational equality is at the heart of injustice in this country, and want to do all I can to help combat this.
I am creating content (particularly about Modern Foreign Language degrees), as well as doing some research into access statistics in the UK.
I’m a second year Engineering Student at Oxford University. I joined Project Access because I think they are doing great work and I hope that I can contribute a little to that.
I will be helping write content. Right now we are focussing on what life is like at University, in the summer we will be writing about Personal Statements and interview prep.
I am currently studying Economics at London School of Economics. Before coming to London I attended an International Baccalaureate School in Treviso, Italy. I joined Project Access because I wanted to challenge myself with something different. Moreover, I believe it helps high school students reach their goals in a new, original and interesting way.
Troels Chr. Nielsen Boesen
From October 2017 I’ll be studying PPE at St. John’s College at Oxford. I am very interested in politics, and have a background in a Danish, conservative youth party.
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Frederik started studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Princeton University in 2016 – thanks, in part, to a little help from Project Access. In his spare time, he is involved in the start-up scene and in politics. Frederik has also been a long-standing national board member of the largest political youth party in Denmark.
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Paul studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He is at Oxford because after a year of studying Engineering he realized he would be an extraordinarily poor engineer, and then had a lunch where someone mentioned that they had applied to Cambridge. After having overcome his idea that this was a tourist attraction, he dropped out of engineering studies, applied to Oxford and got in. When he is not contemplating the fabrics of reality he is involved in different projects. Having been president of the Oxford Scandinavian Society for a year he is now working with taking Project Access to Sweden.
Jon Arwed Buchholtz
Arwed studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He is at Oxford after a tutor briefly mentioned the course and the opportunities that come with studying abroad a few years ago. After experiencing the difficulties and barriers that many applicants from untypical and especially international backgrounds face, he decided to get involved with Project Access. He believes that opening the opportunity to develop intellectually at the best universities to the most talented students independent of backgrounds has large potential for positive change in society.
Aqsa is a second year undergraduate studying Human Sciences at Oxford. She is currently Vice President of the Oxford University Pakistan Society and on the executive committee for the Oxford University Islamic Society. Alongside this, she’s working on a research project for Polygeia and volunteers with various student-led organisations in Oxford. One of the reasons she joined Project Access was because she acknowledges the importance of improving access for students in developing parts of the world, such as Pakistan. Here there many schools, which do not have an established careers service or advisory board to help students who may be interested in applying to top Universities in the US and UK. Through Project Access she hopes we can increase the opportunities available to students from these various countries and ultimately ensure that their chances of a successful application matches that of other students, through the building of networks and support from our mentors.
Peter is a second year Economics and Management student at Oxford University. He only applied, because an acquaintance told him about the possibility of studying there and decided to give it a shot. Due to the limited availability of information about the application process and interviews, he had to buy (rather expensive) application support from a company specializing in providing guidance to prospective students. After this incident, passing on that mentoring free of charge to others in the same situation became a priority. Apart from this, Peter is on the Oxford Guild Committee and enjoys Rugby and Ski-racing.
It had been my dream to study in Oxford since I went to a language course there when I was 15. Since then I’ve worked hard to improve my language, find opportunities for funding and to get the grades I needed. Now I want to help people to be inspired and encouraged to apply to their dream university without having to worry about the complex application process making their efforts invalid.
Roope studies Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. During the application process he was frustrated by the lack of information and available resources that were needed to make these life defining decisions. Luckily, he is now able to share any insight he might have, and frequently visits his old high school and other events to encourage curious Finnish students to apply abroad. Project Access was a great opportunity to scale that effort and reach out to students all around Finland. If he is not found in the library, he is likely outdoors doing parkour and climbing buildings.
Hi my name is Aren and I will be reading Electrical Engineering at Oxford this year. I am originally from Armenia and studying at a top university like Oxford always seemed as something unreachable but very exciting. So, knowing the feelings of scare and uncertainty while applying to such top universities I decided to join the Project Access team and make it available for my home country Armenia.
Natalia Pérez-Campanero Antolín
Natalia graduated in Biology from the University of Oxford with first class honours, and is currently a first year DPhil there. For her, the experience of participating in access programs run by Oxbridge was key in her decision to apply to Oxford. Realising that she only received such opportunities after moving from Spain to the UK to complete the IB Diploma made her recognise the importance of broadening university access. As a result, she has been involved in several access and science outreach schemes to help talented students, who might not have had the same chances, to achieve their full potential. With the admissions knowledge acquired over the past few years, she now hopes to carry on this mission with Project Access in Spain.
Jai is studying public policy at Oxford because she wants to make the quantitative and qualitative case for human rights. She cares immensely about increasing the gamut of rights and choices available to all people, and Project Access allows her to work towards that goal, while drawing from her own experience in applying to Oxford without any formal mentorship. She wants to pass on that privilege to everyone she can in India!
Christy graduated from Oxford in 2014 having studied Psychology with Philosophy, and has been working in Digital Business Strategy in London since. He is passionate about education, and believes that there are many exciting changes to come in the way that it is delivered across our lifetimes. He is also interested in politics, and travel.
My education has been a thrilling journey. At the age of sixteen, I participated in an exchange year in the United States. This experience permitted me to expand my world’s view. After achieving an American diploma, I returned to Italy where I began to contemplate the idea of attending an American university. Once completed my Italian diploma, I applied to Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus. The university accepted my candidature. In Madrid, I spent two marvelous years, before transferring to Cornell University. At the moment, I am a senior at Cornell, completing my degree in Human Biology, Health and Society, following a pre-medical path. I worked and volunteered in hospitals all around the world, gaining clinical experience. Furthermore, I am conducting scientific research at Cornell University. I decided to join Project Access in order to support talented and determined students and encourage them to fulfill their dreams and exploit their extraordinary potential.
Khalil studies Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford (St Hugh’s College). He grew up in Toronto, and keeps a Canadian flag on the wall at university. He applied to universities in the UK and the US, so he knows just how tough both application processes can be. He’s excited to help Canadian students realise their passions at top universities, and benefit from helpful mentorships.
Sim Jing En
Jing En is reading Law at Wolfson College Cambridge. He initially pursued a Diploma of Tourism & Resort Management instead of taking the A levels and applied to read Law at Cambridge on a whim after graduation, almost certain that he would be rejected. He always thought that Cambridge was a mythical and distant dream; one that surprisingly became a reality. Jing En believes that there are many more deserving candidates who have the potential to gain admission into top universities so long as they break the mental barriers unconsciously imposed by society as to where students of certain under-represented schools should strive to belong to. Jing En strongly believes that Project Access is one of the many ways to provide guidance and help to those who are eager to do so. Jing En served two years as an officer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force and is currently the Publicity Secretary of the Cambridge University Malaysia and Singapore Association.
He graduated with first class honours in 2015 in is now staying on for a DPhil, that is an Oxford PhD.
Michael is also the president of the Oxford Austrian Society and he has interned at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck across fields as diverse as Glaciology and Computational Physics.
When not studying Michael enjoys rock climbing and cycling.
I am currently a PhD student at Cambridge and I feel proud to be part of such a vibrant academic community. But life doesn’t stop here. I was fortunate enough to have known some people who were already here and that had a positive and strong impact to my admission. I genuinely feel that luck or any other factor should not determine whether or not you get to engage the fulfilling experience any university has to offer you.
I joined Project Access because I want to reach out to the society in developing countries like India, so that every aspiring individual has all the chances to succeed in his/her career by getting into top institutes.
Every individual is capable of achieving great things if opportunities are given and sought!”
Adriaan runs his own tutoring company in the Netherlands. He believes that there is gap in knowledge and preparedness between domestic and international applicants for UK universities. He wishes to develop Project Access in the Netherlands to help students with their application and to bridge this gap.