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Summer 2019: Program 2 - Day 8

Following a busy and exciting weekend spent visiting London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle, most of our students were greeted by the pleasant surprise of a very well-deserved lie-in! Classes did not begin until 1pm, in order to allow everyone to recharge their batteries before starting off another busy week of the program.

Classes outside in the beautiful college grounds

However, some students had even more adventures in London to broaden their horizons. The Law students visited the Old Bailey courtrooms and saw three different court cases, one of which is very topical in the news at the moment. The students were fortunate to be able to see an intense cross-examination of a prison guard, and the public gallery was packed! Meanwhile, the competitive streak of the Biotechnology students came out in the form of a debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Both sides (For and Against) made really insightful points about the benefits and drawbacks of GMOs, but Against won by a narrow margin. In Medicine and Life Sciences, the students got the opportunity to feel like real doctors, as they learned about how to examine the heart and lungs and practiced on each other.

Medicine students learning how to examine the heart and lungs

After their classes, students were able to have a break before going for dinner at their usual colleges, except for our Trinity Hall students, who had the chance to visit Westminster College, another of the 31 University of Cambridge colleges. Tonight’s lecture was extremely exciting and interactive, and was titled: ‘Scare your parents: become a poet!’. Brought to us by our very own Dante Micheaux, who also teaches ESL and the Creative Writing taster course, this lecture included a quiz about poets from all around the world – and the chance to win points for teams Fire and Ice! To round off the day, our students had to make a very hard decision… Which activity to attend, a Lip Sync Battle or chill boardgames and ‘casino’? It seems both were quite popular amongst our students! Video evidence of the former is available on our Instagram and Facebook Stories, in case you want to catch it (or make sure you avoid it…). It has been a great start to Week 2, and we are looking forward to another day of fun, learning, and warm weather tomorrow! Written by Lauren and Beatriz