On Friday 23rd March, 14 students from Year 12 visited Oxford University. Students were given an insight into studying at Oxford, specifically Oriel College, and they were given detailed advice on how to make a successful application to Oxford.
Students learned about the application system and were given lots of support to start writing their personal statements and prepare for those tricky Oxford interview questions.
A tour of the college allowed students to soak in the beautiful and historical surroundings they could be working in, and a walking tour of Oxford rounded off the day.
Some of the students shared their comments below:
Mia: “I really liked the way the university was set out and thought the campus was very pretty! I did find the trip very useful as I learnt a lot more about personal statements”.
Olivia: “The trip offered a real life insight into university, especially on the aspects of the personal statement and interviews. We were given examples of personal statements from previous applications and a lists of dos and don’ts to ensure we are doing the right thing when we apply.”
Charli: “I really enjoyed visiting Oriel and getting a feel for Oxford so I could begin to imagine what it would be like if I applied there. The library and grounds were beautiful and it was really beneficial to look at interview questions and personal statements.”
Joe: “I learnt how important it is to ensure a good personal statement is written but more significantly the content required to attract universities based on your written statement.”
Priyesh: “I learnt how an “Oxbridge” personal statement should be written and the process of getting a place. It was interesting to learn how important super-curricular activities are, as opposed to extra-curricular. I enjoyed it as it has motivated me even more to keep working hard. Seeing the actual university instead of just photos was a good experience.”