In their workshops yesterday, the students in Jowett Walk stepped outside their comfort zone and embraced some of the trickier aspects of their subjects.
The Modern History class visited the internationally-renowned Ashmolean Museum. The first university museum in the world, it holds a truly impressive array of artefacts and art from across the world, spanning cultures and millennia. There are few better places to go in order to compare cultures and consider the changing faces of civilisation than the long halls of the Ashmolean, and students gained a great deal from the trip.
The Economics and Management students, meanwhile, took to the streets of Oxford to conduct market research, investigating what people now think about different topics. Talking to strangers, and especially asking them questions to note down their answers in front of them, was something about which several expressed nervousness: but the way in which the students overcame their initial hesitation to gain some very useful results will stand them in good stead both over the rest of the fortnight and in years to come.
In the rest of the afternoon, the students were given free time to wander Oxford on their paths. For some, this meant an opportunity to venture into Oxford’s shops and find souvenirs: there is a very comprehensive collection of hoodies and hats being accumulated within Jowett’s corridors!
In the evening, students had the chance to play sports -football and croquet- on the Balliol pitches, or board games in the marquee; others chose to concentrate on their studies in the Homework Club.