Stansted Airport College student cycles 32 miles to class
A Stansted Airport College student was so determined to get to class on time, after three months away, that he cycled 32 miles.
Shiv Kalsi turned to pedal power after his usual coach to the campus was cancelled because of Covid-19.
The 16-year-old got up at 5am to leave his home in Ilford and, despite briefly getting lost, arrived two hours later – an hour early for lessons.
Shiv is a first-year, Level 3 aeronautical engineering student who dreams of becoming an airline pilot. He said: “I really wanted to get back to college and get learning. Although the weather was against me that day, I had no second thoughts about getting on my bike – I just thought 'Let’s go for it'.”
He also cycled 32 miles back home. “My coach is back up and running again now, although I’d love to continue cycling to college when the weather turns warmer," said Shiv.
“My message to anyone thinking of coming to Stansted Airport College, but who might be worried about the current state of the aviation industry, is don’t let that bother you – keep your ambition and your motivation going and you’ll succeed. I believe that there will be an increase in jobs in the industry.”
College head Wendy Martin said: “We were so impressed with Shiv and his dedication to attend college. He's shown great dedication and is an excellent example of how committed our students are to their studies and future careers.”