On Tuesday 7th June 2016, myself and Beatrice Hodgson attended the Seren Hub’s field trip to Oxford University. We were picked up by a taxi from our houses at 6:30 am in order to catch the bus from Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw at 7:00 am. The bus ride was 3 hours long, so we arrived in Oxford at around 10 am. Once we were dropped off in central Oxford, we made our way across the square to St John’s College. This is the college Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the UK, attended. This college has both historic and modern buildings on its campus – the modern being the student dormitories. This was one of the larger colleges that we saw on this trip, and I found this college to be quite homely compared to some of the others that we visited. However, this college lacked some of the natural beauty that was a key factor in the appeal of colleges like Magdalen and Hertford.
Throughout the day, we visited St John’s College, Christy College, Hertford College, Christ Church College, Jesus College, Magdalen College and New College. All buildings were rich in culture and history, and some colleges such as Christy and New College even played host to the filming of the Harry Potter franchise. Each college had their own special and unique history, which was extremely inspiring to hear about. At Jesus College, we were able to ask four current Oxford students what they thought about the University and student life at Oxford. I thought that this was a very good aspect of our visit, as we got first hand advice on how to apply to Oxford, what student life is like, how lessons are structured and also what the interviews are like. After this we were split into groups and got to have a tutorial-like lesson from one of the Professors at Jesus College. I went with the English group, and in this tutorial we discussed literature based in Oxford (i.e. Alice in Wonderland). This tutorial was a great way for me to gain insight into how Oxford teaches its students, and I know that it will help me when it comes to deciding if I want to apply to Oxford. I loved this visit, and this has taught me to keep an open mind when visiting Universities that I had ever previously considered studying at.