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A residential at Jesus College, Cambridge

15 September 2022

On Monday 12 September, a select group of Year 13 students visited Jesus College, Cambridge for an overnight residential trip.

This opportunity allowed students who are considering to complete an Oxbridge application to interact with undergraduate ambassadors, learn more about life at Cambridge University and to find out more about the admissions process and how to apply.

Students were given a tour of Cambridge by current undergraduate students which included a tour of the various accommodations and colleges as well as the social settings used for recreation. As part of the scheduled programme of activities, students also received a talk about personal statements which highlighted insightful information regarding what to include and not include.

Mae who is in Year 13 at Westminster City School’s Sixth Form said:

“In the personal statements workshop, we learnt that personal statements should truly reflect who you are, as inconsistencies may be exposed in an interview. The mention of super-curricular activities such as listening to podcasts and further reading in a personal statement was emphasised, as these could be used as an "embarkation point" for further discussion in interviews, showing those in charge of admissions that you truly have a passion for that subject. We learnt how Cambridge use personal statements, tests and interviews as part of a holistic assessment of whether an applicant would flourish at Cambridge.”

David, who is also in Year 13 at Westminster City School’s Sixth Form added:

“The Student Ambassadors at Cambridge, who have been through the application process and succeeded, offered to review our personal statements and gave us one-on-one advice. I appreciated this because it gave me so much to think about when editing my personal statement, and it has helped me to express myself better in my personal statement.

“Through this trip, I have gained further understanding about the application process for Oxbridge, which isn't as daunting as it may be perceived. It also gave me newfound confidence concerning tests and interviews which I will most certainly apply after receiving great advice from the students at Cambridge University and the admissions officers.”

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