Emily Scarratt has been a star pupil so far for England coach Gary Street - and after completing her exams she admits its full steam ahead for the World Cup.
The 20-year-old, who ended the second year of an Exercise Science degree at Leeds Met University this week, will be the youngest member of Street’s squad for the tournament that kicks-off on August 20.
The Lichfield starlet has stormed onto the international stage with 16 tries from her first 18 games at either outside centre or full-back.
But Scarratt revealed she had still been left to sweat over her place on the biggest stage.
“We all found out via email at the same time so I had a frantic look through the list when I got it through to make sure I was in,” said Scarratt, who will head to Cyprus on a holiday with friends before stepping up her training.
“There were 34 players who could easily have made it into the squad so I wasn’t taking anything for granted.
“I didn’t think about it too much as I had my revision and exams to be getting on with but that’s all out of the way now and I can get myself ready for what will hopefully be a fantastic summer.
“It can be tricky organising my university life out with my rugby but my tutors and Gary (Street) make sure I’m not doing too much and that’s a big help.”
Scarratt doesn’t have her heart set on a particular career just yet, ‘I’m thinking about being a PE teacher’ is about as far as her plans have got.
But the Leicestershire youngster, who has also played for England at rounders, wants to play her part in putting women’s rugby on the map.
“It will be very special to play in a home World Cup in such a special team but we all know there’s a wider picture as well,” added Scarratt.
“We’ve got the opportunity to showcase the game here and get more girls playing it and help the game move to the next level.
“If we were to be successful and go a long way then we would get people backing us and I can’t wait.”