In just four short years, Polish native Wiktoria Glogowska has gone from needing extra classes in English to securing a B2 at Higher Level in the language.
The 18-year-old, who arrived to Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford in second year, was one of the county’s top-scoring pupils, earning an incredible 625 points in her State Exams. It wasn’t always easy, but the process has taught Wiktoria a lot.
“I think I wasn’t sure for a long time that I wanted to move,” she admitted, before looking towards the positive impact the move had on her life.
“It meant I had to focus more. My English wasn’t great at the time but it gave me the determination to improve and showed me that nothing comes for free.
“I think my experience from the previous years really helped too, for this year,” Wiktoria continued, before revealing the Winston Churchill quote that stood to her over the years; “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Wiktoria had studied English in Poland, but not to the extent that she needed it when she arrived in Ireland.
“I received help from the school and I had extra classes for the first year I was here,” the talented teen said, mentioning teacher Mrs Costello, in particular, for the help and support she offered.
Referring to her education, and her tremendous success in her State Exams, in which she earned six Higher Level A1s and a Higher Level B2, Wiktoria added; “It was quite a lot of work but I think I like the challenge. I’m an ambitious person.”
Now, Wiktoria is turning that determination towards University College Dublin (UCD), where she will commence her studies in Science this month.
“I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” she laughed, before concluding with a word of advice to those starting out - like she did just four years ago - in a new school or country.
“You just have to give yourself time and keep a balance.
“Do your best and the hard work will pay off!”