THOUSANDS of students at schools and sixth form colleges across York, North and East Yorkshire find out their A-level results today.
Among them is York College student Sam Hudson who has been awaiting his results in computing, maths and business. If he achieves the results he has worked so hard towards he will jet off to Oregon, USA where he has been offered an internship with Symantec, one of the world’s largest computer security companies, better known for providing Norton Anti-Virus.
Alongside this he will also attend Oregon State University to study a computer science degree.
At the age of 19, Sam is already a businessman. He set up his first web development business at just 16. His passion for computers originated from holidays in Cyprus where he spent baking hot days sat indoors.
Said Sam: “I would sit at the computer teaching myself basic computer programming. It all started from there.”
On a more recent family holiday to the USA Sam was lucky enough to visit the Symantec offices in Oregon with a family member who worked there. After speaking to a number of people at the offices, including one of the directors, he was invited to attend a training session.
Sam said: “They recognised my passion and experience and then offered me the internship position.
"I love the idea that I will be helping people feel more secure when using the internet.”
Sam, a former Harrogate Grammar School pupil, said: “I decided to study at York College as it offered the right combination of A Levels for me to excel in business and computers. The College has a great learning environment with a different approach to education, with a good balance of support, freedom and encouragement. At College I made many different friends from all walks of life and the tutors were very friendly and supportive. York College has helped me every step of the way with my studies.”
Sam has high ambitions for the future, despite already running his own web development company, his main dream is to set up a software company in California.
You will be able to follow our live coverage online today as youngsters around the country receive their A-level results. We will be publishing local schools' results stories as we get them and also uploading pictures and local reaction.
You can also tweet your thoughts and individual results by using the hashtag #yorkalevels.