Young Achiever Awards 2012: Christina determined to be psychologist
Christina Marshall's dedication to studying psychology has earned her a nomination for the Leicester Mercury Young Achiever Awards 2012.
Christina, from Glenfield, began flicking through psychology books during her GCSEs – and taught herself all she needed to know by the time her A-levels came around.
The 18-year-old has now set her heart on becoming a psychologist.
The pupil at Longslade College, Birstall, said: "I started teaching myself from about the age of 16 because I've always been interested in human behaviour.
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"Most of what I needed to know for the exams, I'd already done on my own before I even started the A-level."
In August, she was rewarded with an A for her efforts.
She said the qualification moved her one step closer to her dream career in psychology.
"I'm not one of those people who's constantly studying others and trying to work out what they're thinking," she said.
"But I do find it interesting and sometimes wonder what's going on in people's heads.
"I'm determined to be a psychologist.
"It's something I've known for a long time now."
Christina was nominated for the award by her psychology teacher Hannah Moore.
Ms Moore said: "It was clear from the start that Christina was different.
"She was wise beyond her years and had a commitment to learning and to achieving her goals that you don't see in most 16-year-olds.
"Christina gave up a lot of time to study and read around the subjects – she is a very independent learner.
"She has been an excellent role model to her peers because of her diligence and passion for learning."
Christina said the media's perception of young people has improved in recent times.
"I think the Young Achiever awards are definitely a positive thing," she said.
"The media has got better at recognising the achievements of young people.
"We had the riots and that wasn't good for young people, but it's nice to see that not everyone sees us like that."
The A-level achievement category has been sponsored by Leicester Grammar School.
Head teacher Christopher King said: "We are delighted to support the new award because we set an uncompromising goal to aim for excellence.
"These awards recognise those who strive for the highest standard."
Any individual can enter up to three categories and the entry form must be endorsed by a relevant referee.
A daytime awards ceremony will be held on Thursday December 6, 2012.
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