Balliol took it to the extreme yesterday as the UK endured its hottest July day on record and its second-hottest day of all time. The students were glad to get into the shade and get back to lessons yesterday morning, with studies going over better than ever. Balliol provided cool shelter, so perhaps that was the real motivator!
Later on in the day, everybody was unusually pleased to see the sky cloud over as the weather cooled down and the students retired for the evening. However, there were still a lot of activities to get through once the sun had set!
After dinner, a large cohort decided to head off to Uni Parks to try their hand at Touch Rugby. Despite none of the students ever having played, the councillors explained the game well and, after some initial confusion, the students were underway! It was still incredibly hot, but the students stayed hydrated and battled through, with some excellent manoeuvres and dashes for the try line taking place!
The lessons also went on until late last night, which made a nice change from hot midday classrooms. We caught up with App Design, where a small, tight-knit group were squeezing in some extra studying before bed. As always, it was great to see students partaking in non-compulsory parts of the course as a sign of enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
Today, the heat is set to settle down somewhat as students prepare for the weekend, and with it, The Great Debate!