Sherlock Cruz was the first recipient of the London Scholarship, launched in 2013 with the aim of encouraging young students from the Greater London area to study at St Andrews by supporting them with accommodation and living costs.
Sherlock graduated this June with a BSc in Computer Science (2:1) and is now working on the graduate scheme at Citi. He explains the difference that the scholarship made to his time here:
“‘Scotland? You’re going all the way there?’ was the reaction I grew to expect when I told friends and family that I had decided to take up a place to study Economics at St Andrews.
“Sure, why would a London boy not stick around and go to one of the many good universities in the city but instead decide to subject himself to an extra year of uni and undoubtedly worse weather?
“To be honest, I was a bit afraid of how I would feel living in a small town tucked away on the east coast of Scotland, but my initial impressions from the Open Day held true and those fears very quickly disappeared once I arrived. St Andrews provides a unique combination of high quality teaching with a wide range of opportunities and activities – so really that extra year was nothing but a blessing.
“Perhaps one of the best things about St Andrews was the flexible modular system. I had applied to do Economics – a subject I had studied at A level and enjoyed – but really as an 18 year old boy, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I was able to take up modules in Computer Science – a subject I had absolutely no idea what to expect as I never had to opportunity to study it previously – but having had a strong interest in technology I thought it was worth a shot. This turned out to be one of the best choices I ever made, as I truly loved studying the subject, and had no hesitation about switching to it at the end of second year.
“I’ve just started on the Technology Analyst graduate scheme at Citi – an amazing job I absolutely never would have thought of applying to before. I am forever grateful to have been given these opportunities and be able to have experienced everything St Andrews had to offer without having to worry about the financial implications of doing so.
Although I’ve now left St Andrews, I hope to help in any way that I can to ensure that more students like me can have the same opportunities that I did in the future.”
The London Alumni Carol Service, from where the first London Scholarship originated, will this year be held on Wednesday 13 December.