Rastrick High Experience Student Life at Cambridge University

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32 students from Rastrick High School visited Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, on Monday 13th February for a day designed to raise aspirations and inspire students to aim for top universities. The day was organised by Schools Liaison Officer, Michelle Tang, in conjunction with Catherine Richardson, Achievement Manager at Rastrick High. High achieving students from Year 11 and Year 12 were chosen to visit Cambridge for the day where they took part in a range of sessions run by Cambridge staff and academics.

The students met a current undergraduate, Hannah Fitzgerald, who is in her second year of studying Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. She led the group on a tour of the college and shared her own experiences of studying and living in Cambridge. Afterwards, the Rastrick students were supported in writing personal statements for university applications in a workshop led by the Schools Liaison Officer, who emphasised the researching course options and to start thinking about ‘super-curriculars’ – extra study on subject-specific content undertaken outside of school time.

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After lunch in the “Hogwarts”-style dining hall, the students attended a taster lecture delivered by Dr Jennifer Bates, Research Fellow of Archaeology, on ‘Dirt, Diet and Dung: The Archaeology of Food’. Dr Bates introduced the subject of Archaeology, as well as explaining her own work in uncovering the diets of people from the past. Dr Bates’ final message to students to consider their future options carefully and be open-minded to different possibilities and different subjects was well received.

Callum Weir in Year 11 said, “The taster lecture showed me what university teaching is like and has made me want to go to university more as I was undecided before the trip.”

Ella Fitt in Year 11 said, “I enjoyed the taster lecture in archaeology the most as it opened my eyes to perhaps looking into studying subjects at university which I haven’t had any previous experience in.”

Matthew Wild in Year 11 said, “I found the visit informative and I think it provided an excellent insight into the life of a student.”

ChapelTaylor Pearson, Post-16 Development Assistant, said, “The personal statement talk provided details of what is actually relevant, including things I hadn’t heard of. For example, super-curriculars and wider reading examples. The visit was extremely useful and included an excellent lecture which was informative.”





Press Release from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
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