Report by Lucy Turner 12NH
On 26th September fourteen Post-16 students embarked on a 3 day visit to the University of Cambridge with the assistance of two teachers at the College, Mrs Wade and Ms Welding. This is the second year running that the College has visited the University and an opportunity that both the College and University thrive on. During our time in Cambridge, we were lucky enough to be catered for by two colleges out of the thirty one at the university; Queens’ and Corpus Christi.
Our first night was spent at Queens’ where we felt very much at home from the outset and throughout. The accommodating staff and students were extremely welcoming and a pleasure to be staying with. We took part in numerous activities that the college had so kindly organised for us, including: a general knowledge quiz night; a college tour and admissions talk, as well as being treated to some outstanding meals.
We spent our second night in Cambridge at Corpus Christi College where we took part in an insightful interview workshop in the capable hands of a social psychologist; a college tour with the Corpus students; an archaeology taster lecture with Dr. Carenza Lewis and a feedback and evaluation session with the admissions tutor. In addition to Queens’, the students and staff at Corpus were also extremely welcoming and we were constantly surrounding by a friendly and sociable atmosphere.
Our time at Cambridge University was thoroughly enjoyable and a complete learning experience from the moment we arrived, to the moment we left. Not only did we learn about Cambridge as a city and University as a whole, but also the history of the University; how to apply for Cambridge; different types of courses; the way lectures run, and modern ways of teaching at the Colleges.
As well as the visit being a learning curve, it was also a time to think about our futures and how we can achieve to maximise our potential. We have now come away with an enlightened view of the University and it’s certainly made us realise that if we work hard enough over the next two years, then Cambridge might just be achievable for us. With this idea in mind, we all feel encouraged and determined to do well in our current studies.
Furthermore, we all had a wonderful and educational experience during our visit and we can’t express enough how grateful we are to the most helpful staff and students at Cambridge for taking us in; helping us to gain a fuller understanding of the university; looking after us so brilliantly; providing lovely food and also clean accommodation, not to mention the stunningly beautiful architecture which surrounds the University! All things considered, we are all left eager to return to the University!