Oxford Summer School
In July, I was lucky enough to attend UNIQ- a week long summer school for year 12’s at Oxford University. I attended to do maths and statistics and was based at Queens College in the Florey Annex. It was 100% one of the best weeks of my life- I learnt so much, made new friends and dispelled the myths surrounding Oxford.
Throughout the week I had lectures, workshops and talks about maths and statistics. Some of them were so interesting. We were learning undergraduate topics so it was hard although it was so interesting. We had a very enjoyable talk about the maths of clinical research and the statistics surrounding it. There were some sessions though that weren't as enjoyable, partly because they were more computer program based (something I've never done before). It was also fantastic to see that not all Oxford lectures were old, grumpy men. Many of the lecturers we had throughout the week were younger women or non-grumpy men.
Over the week I learnt so much about Oxford and have decided I want to apply to do maths at Keble College. The week was awesome- I really didn’t want to leave. I made great friends, learnt so much and got to visit one of the most beautiful cities in England.
If you’re a state school student in year 12 look into UNIQ. I would recommend it to anyone. Feel free to ask my any questions you have about it.
29/8/2016 03:57:42 pm
The summer school sounded so interesting! I was just wondering, how did you decide you want to apply to Oxford? Because obviously it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to apply and I'm interested in how you decided it was right for you? I'll be started year 12 in September, so uni is still quite far away, but my GCSE results went a lot better than expected and now I'm kind of wondering if I COULD actually get into Oxford. I visited Oxford last month with a few others from my school who had been targeted as possible future applicants but back then I didn't think I'd done that well in my GCSEs so kind of dismissed the possibility of getting there but now I'm like arghh idk maybe I am capable of going there? Sorry if this doesn't make much sense, I'm just interested in knowing what made you decide to apply. :)
29/8/2016 04:40:46 pm
Someone visited my college months ago and I loved the sound of the tutorial and college system. The summer school was very hard to get onto (apparently almost as hard as getting into the uni ) and the lectures were interesting. They dispelled the myths that you had to have 1000 A*, come from a great school and that as an Oxford student you have no free time. The application process still looks hard (especially the MAT) however I feel confident that I could do it if I work my butt off. I also loved the city and thought better to apply than not and forever think "What if?". Feel free to ask anymore questions. ☺
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Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a 17 year old from England. This year I have decided to do something different so have set myself challenges of 18 things to do before I turn 18.
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