Preparing for University

Preparing for University

Bridging the gap between school and University is the first hurdle new University students have to face but prospective History undergraduates Jessica Cooke and Vita Unwin had the opportunity to attend a recent course at Cambridge University, entitled: 'Bridging the Gap'.  Here, Vita shares her thoughts on the day:

Mr Reffell, Mrs Dennison, Jessica Cooke and I battled through heavy traffic last Wednesday to make it to Cambridge University for a History day on ‘Bridging the Gap’. The aim of the day was to teach both students and staff how best to prepare for the leap from studying History at school to working for a History degree at University. The day proved invaluable. The transition between Sixth Form and University is great for most subjects, but it was useful to find out exactly what was required of a University Historian. There was the opportunity to visit Cambridge Library at mid-day and Jess and I were interested to see a large display of 20th Century books on Russian architecture and design collected by Catherine Cooke. After a delicious lunch in one of the colleges, we were divided into small groups and participated in a seminar identical to those at University on Sutton Hoo. In the afternoon, there was a challenging, interview-style presentation delivered by Dr Peter Claus, Senior Research fellow in History at Pembroke College Oxford. We were forced to think outside the box and to respond to sources and images we were not familiar with, trying to make a coherent interpretation on the spot.  It was a very valuable day and a wonderful experience.

- Vita Unwin U6