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Torrin Wilkins

Secondary School: Melbourn Village College
Long Road student 2015 – 2017

Studied: Politics, History, Business Studies
Politics, Aberystwyth University, 
Director of a think tank

I mainly decided to study at Long Road because both of my brothers went here which meant I already knew how good the college was. The politics department was highly recommended so it was a no-brainer for someone wanting to go into politics.

The thing I enjoyed most about Long Road was the atmosphere. It was very relaxed, and I felt like all the members of staff always tried to help whenever they could. The one memory that really stands out was exchanging emails about my future plans with one of my former teachers after they had left the college. It really showed me that it wasn’t just a job to them, they were genuinely trying to help every student to achieve their best.

I am currently the Director of a think tank but I wouldn’t be here without Long Road. It gave me so many experiences that really helped me to get into politics. Opportunities such as speaking at the US embassy, being interviewed by the BBC, debating political issues with other students and even things like open days really set me up for what I would do later on. After leaving Long Road I started my own think tank called Centre, its predecessor being something I actually started whilst I was at Long Road. My work there has been covered by newspapers, I presented a paper to the largest All-Party Parliamentary Group in history who encouraged the government to investigate our proposals and I’ve been interviewed by both the BBC and LBC.

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