During June and July I was fortunate to be one of 38 Sixth Form students who enjoyed trips to Oxford and Cambridge Universities which allowed us to get a feel for both the cities and the universities during their open days.
On the Oxford trip students were allocated between six colleges – Brasenose, Exeter, Keble, Queen’s and Wadham and stayed there for the night. Those in Queen’s and Brasenose enjoyed a college dinner on the Wednesday evening and all students had a delicious college breakfast on the Thursday.
I found the trip to Oxford very useful for deciding that I did in fact want to focus my application on getting on to a law course as opposed to studying a history course, with a later conversion to law – which I had previously considered – as I felt that the course better suited me and my interests of study.
I gained lots of advice on applying to both universities whilst on these trips including how to strengthen my application and how to interview well. Two other students and I were fortunate enough to sit in on a small group with an Oxford professor who answered our questions.
At Cambridge we were allocated between four colleges – Queen’s, Sidney Sussex, St. Catharine’s and St. John’s and all enjoyed a meal out at a local restaurant on the Thursday evening. Many of us tried our hand at the traditional Cambridge activity of punting on the River Cam.
This trip in particular has helped me decide that I do want to apply to Cambridge University and I think it has also helped many other students decide where to apply as well. At both universities I sat in several taster lectures and spoke with professors of the subject as well as students.
I visited a number of colleges at both universities including Keble, Wadham, Queen’s, Magdalen and Brasenose at Oxford and St John’s, Gonville and Caius, Downing, Sidney Sussex, St Catharine’s, King’s College and Queens’ at Cambridge.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it has helped me immensely in my decision making process.
Head Girl (Sixth Form)