26.10.20: We have today notified staff, parents and students of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at St Brendan’s. Student and staff safety is of paramount importance to us. We have stringently followed government guidelines and are working closely with the Public Health Team and the college will be open after our October half term break.

Grace Connors (English Student)

Attended St Brendan's 2012 - 2014 

Subjects Studied: English Lit, Creative Writing, Biology, Chemistry, Maths 

Previous School: St Bernadette's Catholic Secondary School

Grace Connors

Grace Connors

I spent most of my life wanting a career in the sciences – either as a neurosurgeon or a forensic pathologist – and the subjects I chose to study reflected that. I chose English because it had always been my favourite subject and I had always harboured a secret dream to be a writer and I couldn’t bear the thought of stopping studying it after the end of my GCSEs. But when I was at St Brendan’s, I decided to follow my heart and took a place studying English at university.

I was very ill during my time at college and through my first year of university, both physically and mentally, and, looking back, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to move from home and start a new phase in my life, especially as starting university is hard. But going to university was the best decision I could have made. I’ve just finished second year and I feel like I’ve finally figured out who I am. I got help from friends and doctors and therapists and I became a person I love. 

University is completely different from anything I have ever experienced before. You don’t have to love drinking or partying to enjoy it; some of my best nights have been spent watching terrible films. Every good grade you get at university makes you feel amazing and worthwhile. It is hard and it does take time to get used to it but I would advise anyone who wants to go to university to jump at the chance to go.

Whether you want to go to university or not, I would recommend everyone works hard during their A-levels. They are so hard and every mistake is completely demoralising. But you can get through it – so far, you have a 100% success rate! And don’t forget to have fun. Living and enjoying yourself is more important than good grades.

In 10 years, I would love to be a published writer. I’m not 100% sure what career I want to go into but I have a feeling it will be teaching. Having the opportunity to inspire children to love education and reading would be amazing!