AN adventurous Morpeth student will go far with his good exam results.
For Calum Thomson has taken up a place at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
The 17-year-old, collected his A-Level results from King Edward VI School last week, obtaining an A* in politics, A in history and C in English literature, and will start his university course in European Studies on September 1.
He said: “Last year I went to a Global Young Leaders conference and met young people from all over the world. One of my friends lives in America and he is going to study in Europe so I thought why not do it myself?
“I didn’t get the grades I wanted to last year so I thought why not do something different?
“There is a lot out there to do and it means I’ll be doing something I’m not used to.
“I’m really excited about it.
“I’ll be sad to leave my friends and family, but it is a new adventure and a new start for me.”
Calum, who lives in Hebron, considered a number of options across the globe, but settled on Maastricht after attending an open day there.
“I want to develop my language skills and the course at Maastricht is just perfect for me,” he said.
“I’m certainly not fluent in Dutch, but the course is in English and part of it is learning language skills.
“I didn’t visit other European universities, but I had a lot of them on a list. Going to America or Australia would have been too expensive and too far. I think this was the right jump for me and hopefully I can learn new skills.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Calum set off for Maastricht on Saturday.