During the February half term students had the amazing opportunity to go on a trip to visit Christ’s College at Cambridge University. Wings of Hope was lucky enough to secure two separate visits to the university allowing even more students to take part in a unique and personalised visit of Christ’s College.
The day did not start as planned with many students getting delayed and being obliged to take rail replacement buses due to London underground trains not working. Once all the students had finally gathered everyone set off in the minibus to Cambridge.
Rajni comments on the trip:
‘It was a privilege and honour to take several Wings of Hope students to The Yusuf Hamied Centre at Christ’s College on a very cold February morning.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Ed Sharpe who looks after school visits and were quickly whisked away straight to The Yusuf Hamied Centre.
The Centre, a modern impressive building sitting comfortably alongside the old college buildings, proudly houses a state of the art theatre with a huge screen! We were also able to visit the JCR and the other social spaces.’
Ed spoke to the students in detail about the admission procedure at Christ’s College as well as Cambridge University as a whole. The talk ended with a Q & A session with the students enthusiastically asking many questions.
Following this, Rajni proceeded to give a brief talk to the students explaining her connection with Dr. Yusuf Hamied and his contribution to Christ’s college and the Pharmaceutical industry as a whole.
After the talk everyone set off to the College Dining Hall where a delicious three course buffet lunch was served to everyone who attended the trip.
Unfortunately the weather continued to be dismal with rain setting in but this did not deter the students from having a look around the College and seeing the excellent facilities provided. All the students were extremely impressed by what the College had to offer.
The tour then continued with a visit around Cambridge University by foot to see the other Colleges, The Library and the building where Watson and Crick discovered DNA.
The day was polished off by a lovely walk along the river and a visit to the town square market where everyone was able to pick up some souvenirs.
All in all, it can be said it was a memorable trip.
The students who attended found the trip beneficial, enjoyable and provided us with some great feedback:
‘I would thoroughly recommend such trips to any other future WOHAA participants – it really is a great opportunity to discover how to make the right choices and tailor your university application so that you can achieve the best results. I am grateful to the Wings of Hope for offering me this brilliant opportunity’ Krithi from Heathfield School.
‘Thank you very much for organising the trip to Cambridge University. It was very beneficial as it was the first university I have ever visited so it was an eye opener as to what universities are like. I particularly enjoyed the session we had with the interactive presentation as I learnt a lot of what universities are really like. The Yusuf Hamied Centre – a contribution by a past student, was certainly impressive.I also enjoyed walking around and seeing the sights as I have never been to cambridge before’ Jamie from Lady Margaret School.
‘The trip to Cambridge University was both educational and fun. I learnt a lot about the campus, the application process and campus life. This was a wonderful experience and I recommend it to anyone who may be considering applying to Oxbridge’ Rochelle from Heathfield School.