After completing two years of boarding school as required by the CPISP for governmental school scholars, Mohamed Khonji recounts his rich experience at Canford School, UK where he completed his A-Levels before going on to gain acceptance at King’s College London to pursue an MBBS degree in Medicine.
Mohamed admits he was initially reluctant to go to boarding school, but says he soon realized that he wasn’t ready for university just yet, and that his two years at Canford School were two of the most useful and fun years of his life. Academically he affirms that his English language skills were “drastically” improved, and he was very happy with the teaching methods used at Canford in that his mentality towards learning changed and education became a fun experience. On an interpersonal level, he says learned to become a more responsible and independent individual.
“I became more familiar and open to the English culture and people,” says Mohamed, “and really improved my social and leadership skills. I also got the chance to try many different new sports like rugby, rowing, tennis, badminton, soft ball, golf, real tennis, football, basketball and different track and field sports. I also took part in community service activities and school anniversaries.”
During his second year at Canford, Mohamed was voted school and house prefect, a role that was a source of pride for him as international student. “Prefects are meant to participate in running the school,” says Mohamed, “and that includes making sure the rules are being followed and receiving complaints from other students and discussing them with the headmaster during weekly meetings.” His duties also involved organizing day to day affairs such as the lunch queues, as well as special events like the Chinese New Year and German evenings. And Mohamed says he enjoyed the benefits and special rewards awarded to prefects such as having access to the prefect’s room, enjoying extended hours outside of the boarding house, and wearing a different uniform.
Mohamed also earned himself an impressive list of achievements during his time at Canford, which included: a Gold Award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, Silver Awards in the Maths Challenge and the Chemistry Olympiad, the Maths Yellow Jersey Award (a prize given each term) 4 out of 5 possible times, the Hardy Prize for Sciences and Maths, and took part in the MUN (Model United Nations), an experience he strongly recommends for others to try.
Mohamed advises scholars to make use of the amazing opportunities available at boarding school and to try new things. “As the Baxters (legal guardians) always told me, try to hit the floor running wherever you go… the Crown Prince’s scholars are the cream of the cream and could certainly make a huge difference wherever they go.”