Nidhi Kumar scored five A* on her A-Levels
Indian national is Gems top A-Level scorer
When Nidhi Kumar first found out she scored five A* on her A-Levels, she felt relieved. But when her mother told her she was the top Gems scorer, she was speechless.
“It’s been in my head since June so you feel you can’t relax,” said the Cambridge High School student in Abu Dhabi. “I have no words to describe how I felt — it’s over and I did it the best possible way I could and now I can go to university in high spirits.”
The 19-year-old aced her exams in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and English literature. “I was hoping to get those grades and I’m really happy they came through,” she said. “I think I found last year more difficult.”
Ms Kumar plans on studying mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. “I’m hoping to specialise in mathematical finance and quantitative analysis,” she said. “My family has always been into science — my mum was a science teacher and my dad an engineer — and I love science so it was a difficult call but I felt I would prefer a career in maths because I just love working with numbers.”
The Indian national, who has spent most of her life in Abu Dhabi, said her parents were thrilled. “My mum found out first because the school called her and she was screaming into the phone, I thought she was hyperventilating,” she said. “I loved all the subjects I took so I didn’t want to drop any and I wanted to hit the A’s with all of them so it’s kind of an unexpected bonus.”