Oxford History Trip
On Saturday 30 January 19 girls went on a History trip to Oxford led by Mrs Huntley and Mrs Hubbard.
The first stop was Christ Church where Rory Fraser, a recent History undergraduate and now a research student, gave a tour of the amazing buildings. He was then joined by Professor Katya Andreyev in a seminar room just along from the Great Hall where he talked about the aspects of his studies which he had most enjoyed and what he was currently researching. There were lots of reflections about what Oxford was looking for: not the geeky student who knows everything but is curious about little, but rather the intellectually focused person who wants to discover more and explore further areas of learning.
Next was a valuable opportunity to see Old Girl Victoria Gawlik, a first year English student at University College, who had gathered together a group of friends taking different subjects to chat to the girls about the Oxford application process and then explain what their first term had actually been like. Most of the girls felt it was an eye-opening experience that had motivated them to focus their studies.
Eve Garland Hellewell, Year 11, said “This was a great experience and now I can’t wait to go to University. I now know how to go about giving myself the best chance of getting into Oxford, mainly by reading widely and thinking independently. It was also really good to hear from students themselves. Thank you for organising the trip.”
Alex Knapper, Year 11, agreed “This trip was really motivational and eye-opening. I have always wondered about the possibilities of going to Oxford University and now I am even more determined. I thoroughly appreciated the time given up by all the people who spoke to us and found it extremely useful to speak to people who have experienced the application process: learning how to handle University interviews and the importance of the ability to approach any question, as opposed to just knowing the answer. It was also lovely to see Vic again at University – and see what we could achieve as MSJ students if we work hard!”