Program 1 officially kicked off today with classes, taster sessions, afternoon & evening activities and of course, our first evening lecture! The students had a chance to meet our fabulous and expert teachers for the first time. All of the classes were really interesting; we had a chance to have a little sneak peak at the Engineering class, where the students finished off their first lesson with some interesting structural designs! The challenge was to create either an intricate structure or the tallest structure. What is more, after class, some of the students attended taster sessions such as Emergency Medicine and Introduction to Robotics.
The afternoon brought with it some free time and more tours of Cambridge given by our supervisors. After the tours, the students enjoyed their first opportunity to explore Cambridge on their own, choosing their own lunches from many of the nearby shops and lovely cafes. After that, we all met in the Lecture Theatre, where the students were put in new groups for more socialising and bonding during their first Afternoon Activity – our famous Reach Instravaganza! Students, along with their supervisors, had to complete a scavenger hunt involving Cambridge landmarks, solving clues such as ‘Time flies on this golden clock‘.* They enjoyed their hunts and took amazing pictures, selfies, boomerangs and creative shoots of Cambridge and themselves. Check them out using the hashtag #ReachCambridge2019.We’ll be posting some of our favourites on our Instagram & Facebook Story too. Soon we will know the winners of the Instravaganza, we are all very excited about the final results!
*It is, of course, the Corpus Clock, featuring the flying mythical creature, the chronophage (meaning ‘time-eater’).
After their amazing ‘Insta’ work, everyone went to their own colleges for dinner. Later on it was time to be walked to the Engineering department for the first lecture on the subject of Music Composition. Our speaker, Andrew Simmons, challenged the students to create their own short movie and the students’ choice was to travel to the city of love – Paris. After the pupils created the story, Andrew took everyone on a journey of creating a 40 second soundtrack. The students definitely seemed proud of the final product.
At the end of the day, it was one of our favourite activities which helps us and the students get to know each other more – Icebreakers! We love finding out more about the students and see how they bond. An interesting fact we found out is that we have A LOT of students born in November!
Written by Ola