Students from the Global Leadership Programme, taught by Orsolya Szekely, have been building up to give presentations to the rest of the group on a particular area of political interest. Francis Vibert gave a very informative presentation on ‘The flaws of democracy’ enlightening the class democracy’s weaknesses, providing potential solutions for countries in the future. With such an international class and different cultural backgrounds, opinions often differed, fuelling regular in class debates.
Following a highly proactive morning of lessons and afternoon workshops, the students took part in the highly prestigious ORA’s got talent. Contestants have been rehearsing and practising throughout their stay here hoping to perfect their acts, ensuring they have the wow-factor.
Ron Wilder, Programme Director and judge, described the whole competition as, “the best array of talent and the best attendance of any talent show in two years”. Yongchao Chen played the keyboard in a fantastic solo act, in addition to providing back up music to other acts. Alvina Cabdashitova performed a beautiful rendition of Maroon 5’s ‘She will be loved’. Varsha Narayanan and Deni Olivares paired up to sing a brilliant ‘Can’t help falling in love’, rein acting the Twenty-One Pilots cover. Manoela Torres sang ‘Me too’ with so much attitude and soul that Ron said: “I need some of your sass”. Rafael Chidiac also charmed audience by reciting poetry. However, it was Daniel Tahoun who stole the show, winning first prize for his “entrancing” self-written piano piece. Ron further described the talent show as “the highlight of the session andpossiby the summer”. The students staying at Queen’s and University Colleges certainly demonstrated that they do have talent!
The students are very much looking forward to tomorrow’s trip to London’s West End to see the musical adaptation of ‘School of Rock’. More updates to follow!