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Summer 2023: Program 3 - Day 5

The fun continues!

A day eagerly awaited by all, it was finally time to have a break from lessons and have a full day of fun! Today was an excursion day, where our students are given the opportunity to explore amazing sites all around the country: as London is our capital and such a diverse, creative centre, we thought it was perfect for our first trip.

Although the classrooms had been left behind, there were edifying and intellectual opportunities for those students who wanted to visit the Tate Modern and the Globe. The Tate Modern is such a popular location in London and proved especially popular with everyone today: supervisors noted how engaged and interested everyone was. We went all the way up to the 6th floor of the gallery to see the city’s amazing views. Then, everyone relaxed on The Southbank for a well-earned lunch and, miraculously, good weather continued throughout the whole day.  Afterwards, we went to the world-famous Globe Theatre, where our students got the chance to experience live theatre! The Globe was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. We watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and entertaining plays.

Our other group of students visited Southbank and went on the Greenwich River Cruise. The Southbank is one of London’s fantastic hubs of culture, where students could watch all the different street performances and art installations, as well as explore the cafes and beautiful landscaped gardens. Then the tour began! The ferry took everyone along the river Thames, where we were able to see many of London’s main attractions: The Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and more! Afterwards, some headed over to the National Maritime Museum, whereas others decided to explore the beautiful Greenwich Market – hopefully with some souvenirs!

After a busy day and lots of students fast asleep on the way home, the evening had more low-key opportunities – including the highly requested Personal Statement Workshop. It was really encouraging to see how our students continue to prioritise their education in a balanced and healthy way, asking lots of questions not only about how to improve/write their personal statements, but also asking wider questions about how to pick the right courses, how to know which university right, and what university life is like. Our current students and staff were more than happy to share their insights and people left looking forward to their time at university. For some, that’s not far off! Some went to the Downing Paddock for yet more sports: badminton was particularly popular this evening!

As usual, head over to our Instagram and Tiktok @reachcambridge if you want to see more pics!