Yesterday blessed us with sun at Queen’s College, Oxford as we welcomed in our new cohort. There were some nerves as always, but these were overridden by the palpable excitement and eagerness to get started.
Students were greeted and shown to their new rooms for the next two weeks, whilst refreshments were laid out on the lawn. There was quite a buzz as everyone explored the stunning Queen’s campus for the first time, and the sentiment only continued into the afternoon as the talk began.
Customary for all our new students, the introductory talk covers everything that the students can expect on the course, and well as guidelines on how they are expected to conduct themselves. It also stresses the importance of respecting one’s fellow students, regardless of where they are from or what they believe. ORA is proud to host over 100 nationalities across its campuses, and it’s an opportunity like no other to mingle and connect with like-minded people from around the world!
Afterwards there were icebreakers outside. The sun returned yesterday and made inductions all the better, with students playing table tennis and relaxing. There were some discussions being had between students and councillors too, which boded well for the coming weeks.
Students said their goodbyes to parents and carers before the day wrapped up and everyone retired to their new accommodation. There is a great deal to look forward to in the coming days, with the main focus for students sure to be lesson introductions today. Welcome aboard, all!