On A-Levels results day at the HELP Academy, we met Sayan Nandy who had just found out that he had obtained 3 A* in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry, A in Physics. He has got conditional offers for Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London, Southampton and Leeds, and is awaiting confirmation of a place in Imperial College London after having done the interview.
Sayan’s family is from Kolkata, but his father has been working as a civil engineer in Malaysia for 21 years.
How did he come to study at HELP? He did a comparison of HELP and other institutions, but a conversation with Jahn Cheah, the A-Levels head, at an open day was the decider after Jahn explained the advantages of the Edexcel programme.
Sayan also gives credit to the HELP Academy: the lecturers for their generosity of time in answering questions and clarifying problems after classes; the labs are well-maintained and the lab assistants helpful; he did a lot of reading in the library, including Stephen Hawking’s bestseller A Brief History of Time which fueled his interest in science and was an eye-opener for understanding the origin of the universe (the ‘Time’ in the title) and how we came into being.
After his degree in EEE, Sayan intends to do a master’s in nanotechnology, the next frontier of science that deals with molecule-sized machines and processes and how they can impact our lives. His interest in this field began in high school and developed during his A-Levels course at HELP. A book called Nanotechnology for Dummies also influenced him – with a positive outcome, of course.
Sayan maintains a fine balance in his life: his other interests are tennis, the piano, the music of Ed Sheeran, and local travelling.