Yesterday, students arrived in Cambridge, driving down the beautiful streets of Cambridge towards their destination, the illustrious Clare College. The home of the students for the next two weeks, students were quickly welcomed to the college, with counsellors standing ready and waiting to bustle bags up to rooms and show students to their tea— and the help of the counsellors was especially important, because also present to welcome the new arrivals was the famous English Weather. The weather forecast looks very good for the next few days, however, and today especially is beautifully sunny; and there are certainly worse times to receive a light dash of rain that just before tea and cake.
Once students had been shown to their rooms, where they could drop off their bags, there was a welcoming tea for parents and students alike. With cups of warming brew in hand, students could chat to each other and get to know those who will soon be firm friends, and parents could exchange stories of travels and wish each other well.
With tea enjoyed, it was time for the welcoming talk from the Programme Director, David Stedman, in the Bennett Room; and after that, students waved and hugged their parents farewell before they went into the Great Hall of Clare College for their very first dinner in Cambridge.
In the evening, students got to know one another better with icebreaker games like Ninja and Two Truths and a Lie; and then, tired out by a day of travelling and with no objections to the idea of bed before an exciting day tomorrow, students retired.