Deanna takes one step closer to her dream
FOR 18-year-old Deanna Mills, studying biology and chemistry at one of the best universities in the world has long been a goal.
And now the budding scientist from Prestbury is one step closer to fulfilling her dream after being offered a place to study natural sciences at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge.
Deanna, who has an interest in genetics and is weighing her future career options, is a Manchester High School for Girls student and worked hard throughout school to achieve a total of 11 and a half A*s in her GCSEs.
Deanna has also taken part in a wide range of different work experience having spent time in a cancer laboratory in a hospital in Manitoba, Canada, as well as a stem cell research laboratory at the University of Liverpool.
She also spent time gaining hands-on experience of the world of pharmaceuticals while completing a placement at AstraZeneca.
Deanna said: “I am really looking forward to the prospect of studying at Cambridge. It is the perfect course for me offering a wide range of research opportunities as well as excellent connections.”
Deanna is currently working on her third Science Crest Award – a UK award scheme which recognises successes in science – and for that she is investigating moringa oleifera seeds and their ability to purify water.
And she says she now plans to work harder than ever to achieve the grades she needs in biology, chemistry, maths and English literature to secure her place at Cambridge.
She concluded: “I joined Manchester High School for Girls in year seven, and have been involved with extracurricular activities such as setting up a new bi-monthly magazine, Biovision and being science editor of Onward, our school magazine.
“I also achieved the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver award, an experience which really took me out of my comfort zone. I will miss everyone here but also can’t wait to get started at university!”
●● Deanna Mills has been offered a place to study at Cambridge