As our last students exit through the gates of St Edmund’s, it is with heavy hearts that we also wave goodbye to the wonderful city of Cambridge for the Summer. It has truly been a brilliant six weeks here in this historic, academic and welcoming epicentre. All of our staff and students alike have made Summer 2019 an unforgettable experience in Cambridge and we hope to see some of these faces again for Summer 2020.
This cohort in particular have ended our Summer with intellect and dedication. Our group have shown real commitment to their programmes, and we are sure that they will excel in whatever field of study they choose to pursue in the future. All of our classes have been dynamic and interactive and we are incredibly proud of the successes achieved by our cohort. Those studying on our Medical Preparation programme had the opportunity to attend a practical field trip to King’s College, London. Law School Preparation students also enjoyed a masterclass, acting out a Supreme Court scenario in order to defend a client before the jury. Finally, those on our Veterinary Science programme have had the chance to develop their practical skills, especially following their trip to Hamerton Zoo park to learn about endangered species. Just to name a few academic highlights.
Beyond their studies, everyone has enjoyed a huge range of social activities, and it is safe to say that this group have formed some wonderful and lasting friendships. The group tested their vocal chords during karaoke, and their other muscles were certainly exercised in the array of sporting activities on offer, such as; table tennis, volleyball and football. Students also took part in a game of tennis on Jesus green – a great way to end the week. The stay wouldn’t have been the same without counsellor, Joe’s politics workshops, which educated everyone on subjects from liberalism to communism.
Masterclasses promised to teach our students in new ways as everyone enjoyed fashioning their own structures out of poles and elastic bands to bend their minds. Those who chose the CSI Crash Course were not disappointed, as they put their powers of deduction to the test, acting as detectives for the day. They were able to use special equipment to test blood and fingerprints in order to solve their murder. In our final Great Debate in Cambridge, the group contested the issue of manned vs unmanned space exploration, and those who spoke did so with confidence and eloquence.
Outside of the college, the cohort got to explore the UK beyond Cambridge with a trip to see the award winning musical Come From Away in the West End. For some, this was their first time in the capital and for others it was a chance to enhance their knowledge of the vibrant city. Within the historic Cambridge, students have enjoyed the sights by touring the city as well as by punting down the river Cam.
Graduation was an excellent way to close the Summer in Cambridge as the cohort celebrated in style for the evening. A delicious meal and fun party were on the cards for the whole group and after receiving their scrolls they danced the night away. It was certainly a happy occasion although there was an element of sadness to the evening as the group shared their final moments together.
A huge amount of gratitude goes out to all of our campus staff and students at St Edmund’s who have made this Summer so memorable. We wish everyone the best of luck for the future. Congratulations for everything you have achieved!