The morning lessons were as busy as ever, with some excitement for the engineers who got access to some of the department’s sketching boards. They were not the only class to enjoy a treat during class time as the ESL students took a trip out into town as part of their day devoted to the topic of ‘fashion’. By the end of the morning it was very clear that the students had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
In the afternoon, the students all took part in the very first workshop of the program, which was focused on interview skills led by our very own Director of Curriculum Monika. A number of the students commented on how they had managed to develop their skills and understanding when approaching interviews for jobs and university applications. One of the entertaining exercises they undertook involved students arguing about the suitability for a variety of jobs, from chariot racing to waitressing, based on a series of seemingly irrelevant characteristics. All of the students did extremely well and are now prepared for any interviews they may be attending in the near future.
The dinner at Downing College was particularly popular this evening, with a popular tasty spicy fish dish capturing the attention and admiration of a number of our students. We also had the pleasure of welcoming a former Reach student to the college, who had returned to the city of Cambridge in order to visit some colleges on the University open day. Having a past student speak about hoe Reach Cambridge influenced their choice of university and course was a true highlight for the longer standing members of the team.
We provided the students with a number of fun activities: choir, personal statement preparation and casino/board games to choose from. The students were eager to engage and get as creative as ever, even creating their own monopoly-poker hybrid game. Afterwards the students had some much deserved downtime to unwind from the busy few days that they’d had, before heading to bed in preparation for another jam-packed day of fun tomorrow!