Inspirational Bexleyheath woman honoured for educational achievements
PUBLISHED: 13:33 19 June 2014
As a young girl Amy King missed years of school due to ill health and was told that pure science "wasn't for girls."
The 22-year-old from Bexleyheath went on to prove the critics wrong and has been named Young Adult Learner of the Year as part of NIACE Adult Learners’ Week, which celebrates the transformational power of lifelong learning.
Amy said: “It feels absolutely surreal to me! I just do what I do.
“It’s absolutely wonderful, I couldn’t be more thankful than I am.”
Amy has hyper-mobilty syndrome, and was home schooled for a number of years.
She prepared for her GCSEs at the same time as undergoing intenstive, painful surgery and despite being predicted low grades excelled in her exams and came away with As and Bs.
Her hard work continued and she achieved an A in Mathematics through self education, before going on to study Science A levels at Bromley College, who she is hugely grateful to for giving her the opportunity to learn.
“I am so thankful for them.
“No one else would take me because I was too old.
“I was so excited to start.”
Amy was thrilled to be back in the lab and learning environment, which she calls her “home from home.”
“There was no teacher-student prejudice, we all used to be in one boat together,” she said.
“I still miss it now!”
Amy is now undertaking a Masters Degree in Chemistry at Greenwich University.
As well as this she is running her own charity called GlamSci, which aims to get children and young adults to engage with science.
“It’s just me and I am unfunded, but it consists of me going to the schools and hosted events performing live demos for people, it’s mostly for young women but I also do demos for underprivileged young boys as well.
“I just do anything to get young women interested in science.
“It’s such rewarding work, I have met some really lovely young children through it and absolutely amazing young people.
“They absolutely love it because it’s something different from their regular curriculum. I am such a big kid myself that I go in all excited about science.”
Amy also writes a blog called The Life and Times of a Chemistry Nerd, volunteers with SEN children and has been offered the chance of carrying out a research position which involves studying biology and bones, meaning that she would be able to carry out further research into her own condition.
She is optimistic about what is in store and is keen to inspire others to aim for their dreams.
“I am just trying to see what the future holds, there is so much I can do and I want to do it all!
“I work flat out, I don’t want to let anyone down.
“There’s no limits to what you can do if you want to do anything.
“If you can imagine yourself doing it just give it a go and try and do it.
“I don’t think you can ever feel like a failure for giving things a go and not getting things right.”