Name: Quentin England
House at Cundall: Tudors
Year Left: 2015
Senior School / College: St Aidan’s COfE High School
University: Florida State University
Current Occupation: Student Ambassador at Florida State University International Programs
Tell us a little about yourself, your job and where you are living?
After leaving Cundall almost 6 years ago, I now live in the United States and have done so for 3 years. I’m studying Criminology at Florida State University (FSU) and I’m in my 4th and final year of undergraduate studies. After I graduate, I hope to stay on to pursue a Master’s in Media & Communication studies at FSU. I’ve been working for the university’s International Programs office for 2 years now, helping provide opportunities for students to study abroad all across the world, including at Florida State’s satellite campus in London!
What did you do after you left Cundall?
I attended St. Aidan’s CofE High School to study my A-Levels. I achieved 3 A-Levels: English Language, UK Government & Politics, and Statistics. After my 2 years at St. Aidan’s, I moved to London and completed my first year as a student at Florida State at their satellite campus in Bloomsbury. In Autumn 2018 I moved to Florida and have resided here for almost 3 years now!
How did you get to where you are now?
In my last few years at Cundall, I always wondered what it’d be like to go to university in the United States. My dad and I visited FSU’s London campus, whilst I was in Thornton, for a tour. That really started the ball rolling and when it came time to apply for university, I didn’t even fill out the UCAS application form– much to the disbelief of my peers at St. Aidan’s. From there it’s been one thing after another really and the next thing I know, I’m in my fourth and final year of completing my undergraduate degree.
What are your fondest memories of Cundall?
My fondest memories are of the events Cundall hosted that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. From the annual Go-Kart Racing competition and Trebuchet challenge to the one-time Potato Gun competition, Cundall hosted unique events that really help underpin the incredible time I had whilst at Cundall.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m lucky enough to study at an institution that houses 40,000 students. One advantage of which means there’s no shortage of unique and engaging student organisations. Most of my spare time involves working for my various roles. Whether that be in my capacity as a Student Senator within our Student Government Association, as a Vice-President of the Garnet & Gold Key Leadership Society, or my job as a Student Ambassador for the university’s International Programs office, there’s always something to be doing!
What advice would you give to current pupils?
I overcame a lot of challenges to get to where I am today and so the only advice I would want to share is to never give up on your dreams, believe in yourself with confidence, and lead with your best foot forward.