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Tristan Willis, student at City and Islington College, secures place at the University of Cambridge
A 23-year-old from Haringey has secured his place at one of the country’s top universities after he decided to quit his job at a bar and pursue higher education.
Tristan Willis, a student at City and Islington College, secured a place at the University of Cambridge after taking a one-year access to higher education diploma in humanities and social science.
He is due to start his human and socio-political science degree in September after he achieved distinctions in each of his modules.
Mr Willis hopes to go on to study for a masters after his degree and eventually pursue a career in political and social journalism.
He said: “I never thought I would go to university, but I began to develop a real interest and passion for social science, particularly anthropology.
“It was a tough process, but the reward at the end of it is unbelievable to take my place at one of the world’s best universities, and I would definitely recommend the access route to anyone.”
His tutor, Dean Strachan, said: “Tristan is a very impressive student, who has worked very hard to achieve what he has.
"Access students making it to Oxbridge are rare, but it is certainly not impossible if you have the talent and determination.”