Having gained straight A grades at A level in 2007 – in Art, English, Philosophy and Sociology – Celeste left d'Overbroeck's to undertake voluntary work in India.
What are your main interests?
Surfing, travelling, yoga, meditation and tai chi. I also enjoy creative writing including poetry, short stories and travel journalism. I have had a few poems published already, and have taken part in competitions such as Young Poet of the Year.
I'm also really interested in producing music, so it was great to be able to take Music Technology as an extracurricular activity while I was at College.
‘The College is social and lively, even on a rainy Monday morning’
How did you find d'Overbroeck's?
I really enjoyed my time at d'Overbroeck's, thanks to the balance it provided me with. I found the right setting: one in which I could study, enjoy school and have fun.
Living with a host family really helped me increase my independence, and I loved the experience of becoming a member of the family. I was happy to get up in the mornings, and didn't get the dreaded Sunday blues!
‘It's been a journey into independence’
I'd put my happiness down to both my choice of subjects and the atmosphere at College – which is social and lively, even on a rainy Monday morning. It was important to me that I chose subjects I really enjoyed – and, having done that, I found it easy to stay focused and to achieve good grades.
And what have you taken from your time here?
My time at d'Overbroeck's has been a journey into independence, during which I learnt a lot about myself and even more about the world around me. Philosophy provided me with much to think about; English with much to perfect. Art has shown me how endless the avenues of expression are, and Sociology has left me with much knowledge to apply to the day-to-day world around us.