Sandra started the ACD programme in 2010 whilst at secondary school.
“It was Brenda, the Chief Executive, who gave me the opportunity to become an ACD student and for that I am extremely grateful.”
Sandra remembers her cohort’s first residential trip to Cambridge University. She cherished her presentation evening, where she wrote a speech on the stereotypes of ethnic minorities and how ACD gave young people like herself the opportunity to begin to overcome them. From that evening Sandra believes that her future began to take shape.
“The Cambridge University residential was a trip filled with activities and empowerment exercises and it was from that trip that I realised my true potential.”
She met Amir Karimi, now the Global Head, Trade and Treasury Solutions Client Operations at Citi, who gave Sandra her first work experience at the age of 15, which she is still very thankful for.
“ACD helped to shape my future and furthered my self-motivation in achieving anything I set out to do.”
She later went on to achieve good GCSEs, gained work experience at Withers LLP through ACD, interned at Deutsche Bank, and went on to become the Jack Petchey Speak Out Regional Champion where she conveyed a message to an audience of 900 people.
In 2014 Sandra also won ACDiversity’s Top A-Level Prize her fantastic A-Level results.
More recently, she obtained a scholarship to study Economics and Geography at University College London.
“I really do believe that ACD assisted me in finding my true potential.”