Our High Achievers Students visited Cambridge last Monday for an inside look at one of the oldest universities in the world.
Cambridge University is a collegiate institution. This means that the university is spread across 31 colleges, each with their own accommodation, support networks, and student communities. Our group spent most of the day in Newnham College. While students have access to study and socialise across all colleges, Newnham stands out as an all-female residency.
The School Liaison Team met our students and took them into a workshop on finding the right university and course for you. They talked about why students might apply to Cambridge, and explained some of the student finance options which you can apply for. Finally, maybe the scariest part, was running through the application process and how to write your personal statement.
Next, our students got the chance to meet 3 current Newnham College students who led a Q&A session on life at Cambridge. The questions our students asked included queries about the workload and accommodation, how the ‘supervisions’ tutorial system works, and how to balance your work and social lives when you’re living away from home.
Questions answered and (some) fears put to bed, our students took a tour of Newnham. It was a lucky, sunny day to see Cambridge at its best. Newnham’s fantastic Library was built in 1897 to facilitate the rising number of female applicants who still weren’t allowed to use any of the other university libraries.
The final activity was a lecture on Fake News from a Newnham post-graduate student whose research revolves around using technology to expose human rights violations. Our students got stuck in and discussed the impact of fake news and different steps they could take to ensure what they read is real.
It was a great day for our group of students. They had the chance to check out the wonderful buildings and history of Cambridge, had their questions answered by current students, and got a feel for university lectures and seminars. A day well spent!