Five Year 12 Classicists visited the University of Oxford on an insightful Latin and Classical Civilisation department trip with students from Wilson’s School in Wallington.

To start the day, we were given a student tour of Brasenose College and afterwards the students answered our questions so we could find out what studying at Oxford is really like. The advice the students gave us ranged from advice on freshers’ week, studying tips, and how to best make new friends at university and overall was very insightful. We also found out what competitive universities such as Oxford look for in a personal statement, which was hugely interesting and helpful.

We then had some interview practice with a Classics lecturer and approached a text which could be given in an Oxford interview to see how we would tackle it.

In the afternoon, we had lunch in college and had the opportunity to attend a lecture hosted by Llewelyn Morgan. We discussed the topic ‘Do Gods Cry?’ and looked through some interesting pieces of Roman literature which support this theory. The lecture was very informative and it was a great experience.

Finally, we were toured around Wadham College by our teacher Miss Nicholls who is an alumna, where we gained insight into the benefits of being a member of Oxford University. We were also shown some of the sights of Oxford such as The Covered Market and the Radcliffe Camera.

“The trip has helped us to feel less daunted by the idea of applying to university, as well as removing any stereotypes we might have had about what Oxford students are like.”

Emma, Tolu, Ellen, Catherine and India