Alexi Lambrou is taking the Level 3 Media Diploma, and is a peer mentor and equality champion. He also came up with the idea for the Shoes in Cages event at Long Road: this was to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (see the news items from 8 February).
“I am very pleased that I decided to come to Long Road. Everyone here wants to learn so there’s a good atmosphere. I became an Equality Champion because I believe that everyone has the right to study in a supportive atmosphere. Long Road places lots of emphasis on this: everyone should be treated with respect and be allowed to be who they are without being picked on.
“I came up with the idea for the Holocaust Memorial Day because students at my previous school visited Auschwitz and talked about their experience when they returned. What stuck in my mind was the big pile of 25,000 shoes representative of all the shoes taken from Jews and other people at the camp.
“When I first arrived at Long Road, each tutor group was allocated a peer mentor. These are Year 2 students who have been trained to support new students and to represent the college. I really appreciated the help of the peer mentors and knew that I would like to be one.
“The Media Diploma is perfect for me. There are no exams, which is very helpful for me as I have always needed extra time in them. We are assessed entirely by coursework. I am also taking an Extended Project: my project involves planning images for games and adapting them in Adobe Photoshop. We had a visit from Rosie Ball, a former Long Road student who recently graduated from the Norwich University College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Games Art and Design. Rosie has been nominated for a BAFTA award (by the time this goes live, we will know if her team got the award). She has inspired me to go on and study this subject further.
“The best thing about being here is that I have made some really good, supportive friends. I really feel that I fit in here.”