Typical Day on our Summer School
No two days on the 2019 Oxford summer school will be the same. But to give you an flavour, read what some of our alumni said about their amazing UK experiences studying in Oxford on the Oxbridge International Summer School!
Jana, Law 2017
I set my alarm for 7:15 and hastily grabbed my workout clothing before meeting my peers at the bottom of the staircase. We have made it a routine to attend the daily morning running sessions offered at the Oxford University Park. Initially, only a few of us showed up, but as the week passed, more and more students participated.
The park is dead silent in the mornings, and the grass is typically covered in dew. While I am not a confident jogger, I love the fresh air. I embrace the opportunity to run, without constraint, through the trees. It is picturesque: the sun warms our skin as we jog, and each of us enjoys a view of freshly cut grass, flowers, and landmark university buildings.
After working out, I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on a challenging tutorial. Returning to Lincoln Hall, my peers will grab breakfast before returning to their rooms for a shower. Occasionally I will purchase coffee and scones prior to attending classes. I will bring my books and computer in anticipation of new material. I was initially new to English Law and the concepts it entails. Today, we did a Mock Trial and studied several Human Rights cases. Many of the students, me included, had not done this activity before. The privilege of studying under an Oxford-taught tutor gave us the necessary exposure to understand mooting and even drove me to pursue it beyond the Summer School.
Given several hours of free time, we are also able to explore university colleges and life. Our Activity Coordinator, Ella, agreed to give us a guided tour of Worcester College, where she studies. While we walked through the grounds, I was amazed by the beauty of the facilities. Chasing the ducks, climbing the trees, and lounging on the Oxford-famous grass, many of us envisioned ourselves as future students.
Following independent research time, I often receive topic-specific seminars. We have covered everything from Descartes's Philosophy - the debate over Materialism vs. Dualism - to the skills required for an Oxbridge interview. Speaking and learning from our AC's has helped alleviate some of my stress regarding the application process. It has also been invaluable in answering some of the questions that I could not find online.
Tonight we concluded our evening with a delicious Fish and Chips dinner, followed by a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet in the park. Both of these were culturally invigorating and reinforced the many advantages of studying abroad.
Noor, Psychology 2016
My mornings were different from one day to the other. I had an alarm ready everyday at exactly 7AM. Some days I’d wake up in time, ready for breakfast. I meet my friends at the bottom of the staircase and take on the day from there. Other days I’d wake up 5 minutes before class and I had to figure out a way to take a shower, get dressed and get the material for class ready all in under 5 minutes! Surprisingly, it is possible. I would print any essays due from the night before, get my highlighted reading packets and my notebook and head with excitement to learn more psychology in the 2-hour morning tutorial. Following an invigorating and highly informative tutorial my friends and I would gather outside, sign out and head to navigate through the streets of Oxford. Our free time was similarly structured over the whole program.
My friends and I would go and grab lunch at a different place each day. Often, we’d head to MooMoo’s milkshakes for a not-so light dessert. Then, we would look for bookshops, souvenirs and good restaurants for lunch tomorrow. We’d get to Lincoln Hall on time, energized and ready to start our individual research time. On rainy days, we’d get back soaked, but I found out that running to class in the rain is by far my favourite activity. During individual research, some of my friends preferred working on their essays or doing their reading in their room; others preferred the dining area or the common room to do so. I often spent it in my room with a couple of friends from my psychology class and we all worked for an hour and a half, trying to synthesize all the information we received in the day’s tutorial.
Later in the day we would have the opportunity to engage in seminars that were highly interesting. Some days we would discuss intriguing philosophies and other days we would practice effective skills to use in Oxbridge interviews. One of the lovely evenings in Oxford International Summer Sschool, we had the opportunity to watch an outdoor Shakespeare play, something you never want to miss out on!
Following a packed day, we would wrap it up differently each time. After a delicious meal for dinner we have time to speak to our Activity Coordinators, sit with friends in the common room or get ready for afternoon activities. Those included a drama workshop; where we performed scenes from Harry Potter, an hour of dancing Zumba or engaging in alternative Olympics on the fields of the university. You always have something to do and it’s amazing! By the way; the skits you and your friends produce in the drama workshop could very well be one of the funniest things you get to see, so make sure you have your cameras ready…
As the day comes to an end, I would sign in and head to bed at 11PM. Ready to take on yet another day of excitement, fun, friendship and learning.