What an incredible two weeks its been here at Queen’s. Many of the students, and even the team, feel as though it’s flown by. There was a lot to get through, but everyone managed exceptionally well.
It really didn’t seem like very long ago that the students arrived for the first time and found their rooms. It’s remarkable to consider that none of them knew each-other, and that very few had even been to Oxford before.
Lessons at Queen’s have been all-encompassing and comprehensive. The classes have gone down remarkably well and the students have all taken to their subjects like ducks to water. During lessons, there was an exceptional amount of student participation throughout, and the level of learning was truly gratifying.
And then of course there have been the socialising opportunities. From exploring Oxford and all that it has to offer, to facing one-another in sporting activities, there has been no shortage of ways for the students to connect and interact. The students were particularly fond of unwinding on the green, or heading over to Uni Parks to play a friendly game of Tag Rugby or Football. The staff have also put on great one-off events throughout the course, with one of the most popular being the kitchen’s Indian Night, where the students were exposed to all the wonderful food that India has to offer.
Everyone also enjoyed the wide array of excursions. After all, it’s always nice to get out once in a while! These commenced with a guided tour of Oxford, from its history to its architecture. Then, who could forget the fantastic ghost tour? The students were gripped by Bill Spectre’s tales and engaging performance, and it also gave Queen’s the rare chance to see Oxford in a whole new light. Spooky!
Other excursions were much more involved, with punting on the river proving to be a particular favourite among everyone. Harder than it looks, the students had to battle the river and guide the boat, all while trying not to fall in! It was a great experience and everyone wanted to have a go. The excursions came to a singing, dancing conclusion last week when the students made their way to the West End in London to see their choice of play. Spectacular!
Between lessons, Masterclasses, Excursions and Social Activities, it was fair to say that everyone at Queen’s was due some recognition for their achievements, and so it was great to celebrate on Friday with Graduations. Everyone was awarded, and there were additional awards for those who went above and beyond. The whole event was followed by a dinner and, to round it all off in style, a party.
As we say goodbye to the students at Queen’s, all of us here at ORA wish them the very best of luck in their futures. Congratulations everyone!