06/07/15

Georgina Ramsay | Sixthform Blog

This week has been one of the most enjoyable albeit hectic weeks of Year 12 for me but it is definitely the most memorable. We are often informed about opportunities which may be of interest to us and a few weeks ago we learnt about the UNIQ Summer School at the University of Oxford. The summer school is a week-long residential and is an opportunity to see what it would be like to study your chosen subject at university. The application process involved writing a mini personal statement and will definitely be useful when I come to writing my personal statement for university over the next few weeks. A few months after sending off my personal statement I learnt that I was lucky enough to be selected for one of the fifteen places for French.

Although it was a busy five days, they were extremely worthwhile and I really valued being able to learn more about French alongside friendly people who also share this passion. We participated in a variety of classes ranging from Linguistics to cinema and 19th century poetry. We had a grammar class each day where we consolidated our own knowledge in addition to learning new tenses. I particularly enjoyed the translation classes as I was already familiar with some of the texts in their original English such as Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice.

The week was also extremely exciting because our school magazine, ‘The Beacon’, was being delivered. At the start of the year I was appointed sub-editor and it has been really great to see our initial ideas evolve into a fully-fledged magazine. Although I was not at school I stayed in close contact with the rest of the team and was kept up to date on everyone’s reactions through frequent messages, pictures of the final magazine and selfies!