On a bridge over the River Cam - "Sadly we didn't get to go in a punt!"
On Thursday 16 March, eleven Woodhouse students and Woodhouse chemistry teacher Dr Dell visited Newnham College, Cambridge to learn about applying for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Dr Dell reported back to us...
"After arriving by train, we walked through Cambridge, and along the River Cam past the punts and ducks to Newnham College. First we had a lecture on how to apply to Cambridge, what makes a good application and what the interview process is like."
Student Daisy Corder said "It was great to learn more about the Cambridge application process. I also found it interesting to see what it would be like at a girls college."
Latasha Jackson agreed "It clarified a lot of missing information and now I feel a lot more confident about applying."
Inside Newnham College dining hall - complete with historical Instagram profile pics...
Dr Dell said "After the lecture, two current first year students, who are studying Natural Sciences gave us a tour of the college. We got to see the 'Buttery' (the canteen!), the library, the Junior Common Room, their huge gardens which included a pond and fountain, and the dining room which had a beautiful painted ceiling. The facilities were amazing.
After lunch (with chocolate cake!), we had a lecture from Geraldine Baekelandt, a PhD student at Newnham, on nanoscience. It was really interesting to learn about this new area of science and how being on the nanoscale can totally change the properties of a material (for instance, nano-flour is explosive!)."
In Newnham college gardens
Emma Guimaraes commented "It was very interesting to learn about how we can apply for STEM subjects at Cambridge. I'm glad that they showed us how to write our personal statements."
And Beatrice Solitario summed up the day thus "It really helped clarify myths and false conceptions that are associated with Oxbridge as well as really inspiring me to further my passions and interests."
Trips to Oxford and Cambridge for a wide range of subjects are part and parcel of our Oxbridge application support programme and occur throughout the year. This year almost 50 Woodhouse students secured an interview after applying.