VISIT TO CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

A great opportunity for FCBS students to aspire to one of the world’s greatest centres of knowledge!

The University of Cambridge has long been at the forefront of research and learning, and the hallowed cloisters and spires of Trinity College painted an imposing picture. With alumni as famous as Sir Isaac Newton and Professor Stephen Hawking, the institution can boast of having the largest number of Nobel Prize winners hailing from a single British university. Six students from FCBS were fortunate enough to make the trip, which made a lasting impression on them. Nicollo, Iyad, Ciise, Oluwatomi, and Yosef began the day  by visiting Fitzwilliam College . After finally getting their heads around the notion that the university is made of constituent colleges, which differ in character, age and sometimes prestige, they were given an informative presentation about the history of the university. Fitzwilliam College hosted the group, which provided information on the requirements to be admitted to the university. Part of this task was attempting to dispel commonly held myths regarding Oxbridge, which include that you need to speak in a certain accent, or go to an independent school. Although having a track record of high academic achievement is a given, the university emphasised that there was not a Cambridge ‘type’ and that high-attaining students from any background should not be afraid of applying. The group was then provided a lovely lunch by Fitzwilliam, where our boys were able to liaise with other students from schools around London. They were joined by current students of the university who talked through the process of a successful application to Cambridge.

The afternoon consisted of a visit to Sidney Sussex, which was founded in 1596 and has the head of Oliver Cromwell buried somewhere in the vicinity of the college. This was an older college and the students had an opportunity to admire the late medieval architecture and chapel in the college. The Schools Liaison Officer at the university then proceeded to give the group a walking tour of the university which allowed students to appreciate the wider beauty of Cambridge as a city. The trip both enthused and inspired, showing our students that through the right attitude and dedication the highest of goals can be achieved. As one of our students commented that the ‘trip had a transformational effect’ on their outlook and many of the others felt greatly motivated moving forward.