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School: OKI International School, Wattala, Sri Lanka
Studied: Cambridge O Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Computer Science, English and French; Cambridge International A Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Went on to: A University of London degree in International Relations, Sri Lanka
Career plans: Diplomatic service
'I always wanted to have an education that met international standards and was globally recognised,’ said Angela Rodrigo, who opted for Cambridge qualifications when a student at the OKI International School in Wattala, Sri Lanka. ‘My goal was also to be accepted by a British university and so I thought it would be beneficial to study with Cambridge International.'
At school, Angela passed seven Cambridge O Levels (in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Computer Science, English and French) before going on to study Cambridge International A Levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
‘My Cambridge O Level and International A Level courses helped develop my critical thinking and analytical skills and my ability to evaluate, and these skills helped me decide on my future career path,’ she said. ‘The courses also improved my time management skills and my efficiency, both of which have proved very useful at university.’
After passing her Cambridge International A Levels, Angela was offered a place on a University of London degree course in International Relations delivered by a Recognised Teaching Centre in Colombo.
After focusing on sciences for Cambridge International A Level, why the change of direction? ‘I studied science because I was planning to study psychology,’ said Angela, ‘but I started to realise that this route wasn’t for me, and so I began to observe my preferences more closely to identify what I enjoyed the most – which is actually helping people. I’ve now realised that psychology and international relations are actually quite similar as although they are two different fields of study, they are both about serving and helping people.’
'I have certainly benefitted (from my Cambridge studies), not only by gaining subject knowledge but also knowledge of the other skills you need during university and beyond.'
Angela has found university life very different from school, not least because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
'I was commuting from home to class but then lectures all went online which proved to be one of the biggest challenges,' she said. 'You are much more relaxed at home than at university and so your levels of concentration are much lower. I missed being able to visit the library and check out books that are not available online.'
After leaving university, Angela would like to enter the diplomatic service in order to help vulnerable people. 'I hope to start by gaining an internship with a non-profit organisation,’ she said. ‘This will give me the experience I need to build my career, and I can also start to make strong connections with people in the field.'