The last two weeks at Queen’s have been absolutely jam-packed and this highly energetic group of student have shown real dedication to their programmes during their stay. All of our campus staff have been impressed by their attitude towards learning, and everyone at Queen’s would like to say a huge thank you to the students who have made the past weeks so memorable.
An atmosphere of discussion in classes at Queen’s was a testament to the students, who always showed enthusiasm during their academic journeys here at ORA. Broadening Horizons, as usual, was a popular choice for our students aged 16 – 18, as it offers an extensive array of module options for those looking to study. Given the dynamism of this cohort, this diversity was welcomed, with modules chosen ranging from Neuroscience, to Philosophy, to Creative Writing to Business Challenge. Not one stone was left unturned, as everyone endeavoured to squeeze as much out of possible of their classes. Our brilliant faculty of academics have, of course, been essential to inspiring passion in these students, so we extend our deepest gratitude to them.
Students have also enjoyed broadening their academic horizons outside of the classroom, particularly in the Great Debate. This was a high profile event, with the brilliant adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes offering his insights on the motion of the afternoon, ‘the most dangerous place to be is in your own comfort zone.’ Queen’s was named in the winning camp, as well as receiving the award for best individual speaker! Everyone also developed their points of view in our ORA Masterclasses where the group tried their energy at the Stockmarket challenge – there are certainly a few future brokers in our midst.
Social activities were another point of interest and there was always something for everyone. This cohort has been most enamoured with sporting occasions, taking part in ice-skating, tennis club, Zumba, rock climbing, touch rugby and not to forget their victory at the ORA Olympics against Balliol College. So these students have not only flexed their intellectual muscles! Many also tested their creativity in several sketching and portrait competitions, as well as cake decorating.
Excursions have taken the group far and wide, as they have explored the historic city streets of Oxford. Outside of this, they had the chance to visit London’s West End to catch a show. This was another of the favourite moments for our students and it was great that they also had the chance to experience what the UK’s capital had to offer.
A party marked the end of the session for students at Queen’s, as our cohort teamed up with several of the other Oxford colleges to dance two weeks’ worth of hard work away. Graduation was the chance for students to be rewarded for their diligence, with special mention going to those who had exceeded the expectations of their teachers.
Thank you to this brilliant college for all of the victories and successes over the last two weeks. It has been an incredibly memorable time for staff and students alike and we hope to see some of you next year!