On the 12th February 2019 we were given the fantastic opportunity to visit Corpus Christi College in the beautiful city of Oxford. Corpus Christi is world renowned for the first class education it offers, and Oxford continually ranks as one of the world’s top universities to study at.
We arrived at school early that morning and after boarding the school minibus, we were ready for the exciting day ahead. After singing along to many classics, Sweet Caroline being the clear favourite, we arrived. The city itself was beautiful and when presented with the opportunity to explore, we all made the sensible decision to head straight to the local McDonald’s! After our short time to stretch our legs, we headed for Corpus itself.
We had been told to expect something beautiful, but even the courtyard exceeded our expectations. We were greeted by our host for the day, Susie, and ushered into a room. After introducing herself, Susie began to tell us all about life at Oxford, and assured us that a spot there wasn’t as unattainable as we had all imagined. We even got the opportunity to speak to current students, and find out the details of their application process and the nuances of Oxford University which made it the perfect place for them to study.
After that, we were taken to the place everyone was most excited about- the dining hall. This, more than any other spot on the campus, resembled something from Harry Potter. And the food matched that too! We all sat down and tucked into our dinner, we can safely say it exceeded the Big Mac meal from earlier!
After lunch, we were taken on a tour of the college, and it was absolutely amazing. The first place we were shown was the library. The rows and rows of various books and novels left me speechless, as a true bookworm at heart. We then got to see other areas of the college, like the JCR (Junior Common Room), the auditorium and some of the courtyards
and open spaces. All of the buildings had this old-timey charm to them, and the students showing us around spoke with such love and excitement for their college as they showed us around, it was really nice to see.
Once we were done on the tour, we were delivered four lessons from four of the students, who gave us a brief introduction into the subject they study. We had a maths student, a bio-medicine student, a biochemistry student and a history student. All of the tutorials were really interesting, and we actually managed to learn something. The students were all so passionate about their chosen subject, and it was really quite inspiring.
To finish off our time at the college, Suzie gave us a closing speech to sum up our day and gave us a few lasting messages, in the hopes that we might apply there one day, and judging by the people in the room, we are fairly certain at least one of us will end up there. We were all fairly thankful for some free time around the city when our time at the college finished, and exploring was one of the best parts of the day. The town itself mirrored the college – modernised old timey brick buildings with glowing neon signs enticing shoppers, and tourists in. It was clear to see why the students would want to live in such a beautiful city so rich with history.
Unfortunately, the time for us to return to Friesland rolled around far too soon, and we got back onto the mini bus, heads full of the memories of our exciting day out. Overall, we absolutely loved the trip and was left with a lasting impact of how absolutely stunning both the college and the city are. We want to go back as soon as we can! We still cannot wrap our heads around how extraordinary that library was and it’s made us realise how much more attainable going there is if we get high enough grades.
Overall we thought the day was brilliant. We were given the perfect snippet of university life and what it’s like to study somewhere world class. It’s definitely made us want to look further into studying at Oxbridge! Mrs Pitman and Mr Puddy had the day perfectly organised, and what a perfect group of people they chose to take!
Isobel Parsons/Shannon Southern