This week we caught up with the lovely Andy Tyler, Course Leader on our Global Citizenship Course at Bradfield College. When we asked Andy what he was up to at the moment, he said he was about to make a huge Spanish omelette! Fair enough! In general though, Andy is busy working for a company called the ULIC Centre in Madrid, as a teacher and co-ordinator.
So let’s find out what Señor Andy had to say…
Andy, what were you like at school?
I was generally a decent student, but could be lazy and was a bit of a dreamer too. If I didn’t
like something, I found it hard to motivate myself to improve at it.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actor, but before that I wanted to be Batman. I achieved the first one fin my
studies, but as for the second, the closest I came was making a costume out of bin bags.
Who inspires you now, and why?
People who are prepared to put the needs of others before their own. Historical figures like
Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi and Mother Theresa should forever be an
example to us all of selflessness. Also, so should those who go more unnoticed in their
actions. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’m lucky enough to be able to say that my mum is one of
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would choose to be able to teleport myself anywhere I like. I’d save a fortune on plane fares
and never have to experience the pain of flying Ryanair ever again.
Favourite English phrase?
I’ll choose an appropriate one – ‘Bob’s your uncle’ cause he actually is in my case.
If you were stranded on a Desert Island, which 3 things couldn’t you live without?
A good book, and my music collection. And finally, a football with a face drawn on it that I
could talk to.
What is your greatest strength?
Patience and positivity.
What is your weirdest quirk?
I can go from being quite serious to being insatiably silly, and my sense of humour
sometimes knows no boundaries.
What is your biggest fear?
Sitting on a public toilet and realising there is no paper just a little too late. Who do I call?
The smell of a roast dinner being cooked.
Favourite Disney character?
Baloo from The Jungle Book.
If you could visit a fictional place, where would you go, and why?
Middle Earth, without a doubt. For many reasons but mostly cause I could go on an adventure
with the hobbits and visit the Elves.
What are you most excited about for the future?
Not knowing what the future holds or which place I can explore next.
Best memory from Inspire Education?
The play at the end of the second course last year and seeing the students really come
together as a team. It still makes me feel proud when I think about it, and what we all
experienced together over the two weeks.
Favourite Inspire trip?
Trip to London. It’s always a winner, especially for those who’ve never seen the city before. I
love seeing those smiling faces.
Favourite Inspire night?
Difficult to choose, but I love Team Trials and the chance for us all to break down those
Best advice to offer prospective Inspire students?
Embrace every moment and understand how quickly the time will go. Don’t miss
opportunities to get to know people and tell them what they mean to you. Be sure to
appreciate the opportunity that not everyone is fortunate enough to be given.
Finally, Lion, Tiger or Wolf?
Wolf. I’m always going to go for the little guy.
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