Jake Mendel

Student

Summary

I am a student at City of London School. I am 16 years old and currently studying for
A levels, hoping to apply for Natural Sciences at Cambridge next year. I play the trumpet and saxophone, along with squash and badminton recreationally. I like to read, in particular about science, and I spend a lot of time volunteering, be it in my community or at school.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2015 - Present

Volunteer

Flower Lane Autism Centre

I volunteer at a daycare centre for adults with advanced autism in my school holidays. From this experience I have learnt about patience and care from watching and participating with the carers 

Sep 2015 - Present

Mentor

City of London School

I mentor two boys at school. One is a student in year eight that I help with Chemistry and Maths, and the other is a boy in year ten who I help with Chemistry and Physics. I spend half an hour with each of them a week. I find this a really fulfilling experience. I have learnt that not everyone learns in the same way, and the true skill in teaching lies in finding the method of teaching that really resonates with your student.

Sep 2014 - Present

Youth Leader

Mill Hill Bnei Akiva

I volunteer for two hours every Saturday afternoon at my synagogue, looking after a group of 10 children in years 7 and 8. This has taught me how to handle children, even if they don't listen to me, and I love every second of it.

2014 - Present

Business Analyst

Bought By Many

I analysed the travel insurance market for people with chronic illness, and the pet insurance market, to help the business I work for to compete more efficiently.

Apr 2016 - Apr 2016

Volunteer

SynBioBeta

I was a volunteer in SynBioBeta's annual London conference, a three day event held at Imperial University, which showcases some of the most advanced Synthetic Biology and Genetic Engineering the world has to offer. I met various CEOs of tech companies, and researchers, and it really strengthened my love of science.

Sep 2015 - Sep 2015

Work Experience Placement

St Lukes Hospice

I spent a morning in a palliative care hospice, shadowing a doctor there. In that morning I learnt about the holistic side to medicine, which isn't just administering medication. I admire the doctors who work tirelessly to aid their patients, even though they know that there is nothing they can do but ease their passing.

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Work Experience Placement

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

I spent a week shadowing various doctors in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich, including a Neurologist, a Dermatologist, a Radiologist, a Cardiologist, and a specialist in acute medicine. I particularly admired the Neurologist's patience and caring nature.

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Work Experience Placement

St Bartholomew's Hospital

I spent a week inside the operating theatre in Bart's Hospital, shadowing a cardiathorassic surgeon as he performed numerous bypasses, valve replacements, and tracheotomies. 

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Work Experience Placement

St Thomas Hospital

I spent a day in the stroke clinic shadowing a haematologist.  I learnt about the power of giving and why helping people is so important.

Education

Education
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

GCSEs

City of London School

I achieved 12 A*s in my GCSEs in the following subjects:

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Language, English Literature, French, Russian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Religious Studies

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

Additional Maths FSMQ

City of London School

I achieved the highest grade in the AQA Free Standing Maths Qualification, attaining an A grade when no A* was available.

Sep 2015 - Present

A levels

City of London School

I am currently studying Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics A levels, and I am predicted an A* in all four. I am also studying Biology Pre U with the exam board Cambridge Pre U. This is a qualification equivalent to a full A level and I am predicted a distinction grade in this (equivalent to an A*).

2011 - Present

UKMT Mathematics Challenges and Olympiads

City of London School

I entered the Junior Maths Challenge in year 7 and year 8, achieving a gold in both and in year 8 I qualified for the Junior Maths Olympiad, achieving a distinction.

I entered the Intermediate Maths Challenge in years 9, 10 and 11, achieving a gold medal and qualifying for the Intermediate Maths Olympiad in each. I attained a distinction in each olympiad and a bronze medal in year ten.

I have entered the Senior Maths Challenge in years 10, 11 and 12, achieving a gold medal and qualifying for the British Maths Olympiad Round One. In year 10 and 11 I attained a distinction in this and in year 10 I qualified for the British Maths Olympiad Round Two, achieving a score of 5 out of 40. This round is only reached by the top 100 of the
100 000 entrants into the Senior Maths Challenge.

British Physics Olympiads

City of London School

I entered the GCSE challenge in year 11, achieving a score of 35 out of 50, which was the highest score in my year group and a gold medal (top 3% of applicants).

I entered the AS challenge in year 12, achieving a score of 39 out of 50, which was the highest score in my year group and a gold medal.

I entered the British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad this year, achieving a silver medal and the highest score in my year group.

Jan 2016 - Present

United Kingdom Chemistry Olympiad

City of London School

I achieved a score of 48% in the Senior Olympiad this year despite being in the Lower Sixth Form. This was the highest score in my year group at school and a comfortable gold medal.

Jan 2016 - Present

British Biology Olympiad

City of London School

I achieved a score of 50% in the Senior Olympiad this year despite being in the lower Sixth Form. This was the second highest score in my year group at school and a comfortable gold medal, and only three percentage points away from qualifying for the second round (which only 120 people qualified for).

Feb 2015 - Present

United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad

City of London School

In year 11 I achieved a silver medal.

In year 12 I achieved a gold medal and qualified for round two, which only 16 others in the country qualified for, and took place in Huddersfield University over a weekend. The weekend was great fun and I learned all about linguistics.

Apr 2016 - Present

International Genetically Engineered Machines competition

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

My school has selected ten students, with me as team leader, to enter the iGEM competition this year. This is a project aimed primarily at University undergraduate and postgraduate teams, in which teams use cutting edge genetic engineering techniques to solve a problem of their own devising. The competition is a worldwide competition which aims to get young minds into the new field of Synthetic Biology. Winners in the past have included a team which modified bacteria to convert Martian sand into cement (for building on Mars) and a team which engineered bacteria to produce a black pigment when exposed to light, essentially building a 100Mp camera with bacteria as pixels. Our project is perhaps more down to earth - we wish to significantly improve the efficiency of biological solar panels (solar panels which use organisms undergoing photosynthesis as their energy source), by modifying the DNA of the organisms involved.

Sep 2015 - Present

European Computer Driving Licence

City Of London School

I am currently studying for my ECDL qualification, a qualification in IT which proves you can use Microsoft Access, Excel, Powerpoint and Word proficiently and are safe on computers.