By Isabel Schnitker and Kiran Jonathan
As part of our school’s support for applying to Oxford or Cambridge University, we were given the opportunity to collaborate with students and teachers from different schools on how best to prepare for the interview stage of the admissions process.
Through having teachers from different schools interview us, we were able to learn new advice on how to express ourselves during the interview. For example in an English Literature interview we were guided on how to sum up the extract given in one sentence, before then focusing on the details and subtleties. Additionally, it was also a good experience to meet students from other schools and to hear their views of the admissions process so far. As part of the Humanities workshop it was also valuable to see how the separate subjects of History, English Literature, and History of Art interact, and draw on similar concepts of the idea of how the interpretation of what is viewed as a ‘classic’ has changed over time, and why the arts continue to be significant in modern society. Through engaging in the workshops, I feel more confident about the interview stage if I were to reach it.
As for the STEM subjects, one of the most exciting opportunities presented was the group workshop. We were collectively presented with hypotheticals and problems and it was invaluable not only to see the different perspectives and approaches the other students brought to the problem, but also how they were able to verbalise and articulate their thought processes. The mock interview portion was not only useful as a practice of the verbal and problem solving skills, but was also extremely interesting and enjoyable in the way it challenged our thinking on the subject; causing us to broaden our knowledge and interests in certain areas. Meeting like-minded individuals with similar interests but different perspectives has really helped to develop the ability to approach problems and our collective sharing of knowledge has left us feeling significantly more prepared for the challenges that might follow.
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