EF Academy Oxford - Review #4
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||EF Academy Oxford|
|Home Town, State (Country)||Dar Es Salaam, Tanza, none|
|Years Attended Boarding School||1|
|Activities During Boarding School||MUN(not anymore) , guitar club, art for change (not anymore, basically art club).|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
As this was my first time in an international school abroad, I found it to be friendly and caring, the teachers always encourage us to make the most of studying in Oxford and I sure did (to an extent). It's different from my previous schools; because here, the teachers actually want you to have fun but also work hard, in my previous schools, it was all about working hard and no/little fun (socializing, rest, hobbies) because it was believed if you don't study at all the time, it's considered as a waste of time. Also, the teachers are very interactive with the students, they answer personal questions in detail and help you out more if you don't get something (they would even go over it when the question was already asked but one wasn't paying attention).
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Well, my economics teacher once asked us if we had any local friends and some of the students said they did and I was one of he people who didn't. She told us that we need to have friends in order to know more about the city and the cultures in Oxford. So that Friday, I decided to go to a Christian youth club and I go to it till this very day (when I am in Oxford), and I also go to the church and I have gotten the chance to meet a lot of locals and make friends. I've also gotten the opportunity to be on a host team and get to go to different church trips. What she said to us that day changed my life, because I am more social now and less shy I guess.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
One of thing that I would have changed is that I would be more social and have made more friends. Also, I would have reviewed every week day and made notes because it would have made it WAY easier for me to revise for my exams and probably in both years. I would advice any new coming student to have fun and also study. After a while, you may feel that Oxford doesn't offer much to do, don't let that limit you, go visit to London and other places. Lastly, go on the trips planned by the school besides the fact that they are free, you get the chance to make or hangout with new/current friends in a different place together.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The overall environment, the teachers, students and city. I guess my friends made the city more lovable because I could hangout with them easily, we would meet up for study hangouts or just casual ones. Even go to each others places and that was nice. The teachers actually care, they are realistic and give us advice and are always open to talk to, that was pretty helpful to me. I love how they were helping us with our university options by they end of the first year, that early so that we would actually think about it.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I love bubble tea, I know it's a bit expensive but it's worth it, the bubble tea in cornmarket street, behind Starbucks. Also, I am a big fan of itsu but since wasabi is also opening soon (probs going to be open when I go back to school) I don't know how that's going to go.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Well, I am in A levels and I take economics, business and psychology. I love the subjects I take despite of the challenges (just some advice, take subjects you actually love and are able to do good in, consider one of the two and be realistic). I love how my economics teacher teaches us Econ, I don't know how to describe it but it just makes me love the subject more because we would have discussions about world issues in different countries and not only about the UK and she would tell us facts sometimes. Also, students who know more than others would discuss with the teacher and this would give me more insight about the whole topic, in theory and reality.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I am not very athletic to be honest but I've heard a lot about football activities, running and basketball. Some of the students in the football club are part of the some team in Oxford (a local team). I do know that the running club goes to practice often and there is basketball practice in the evening (I'm sorry, I don't know on what day(s). Moreover, we do get swimming passes to a pool in Oxford for Saturdays and Sundays for a cheaper price and that's all I know I guess.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
So, the music clubs in school are pretty diverse, there is the music club, classical music club and guitar club. I couldn't manage to join all of them because school caught up and other activities but I was in the guitar club (currently I don't know who is in charge). There are teachers assigned for each club (I think, if it's for IB, I take A levels,a teacher will supervise to fill your CAS activities) but so far, I know it's student teaching fellow students. Like in my guitar club, an A2 student was teaching us. There are also theatre clubs (film and theatre (not so sure). As mentioned before, I was in arts for a change which is basically a visual arts club where you would just draw whatever you like and improve your skills. I am not quite sure about this but most of the teachers in our school have more skills than just academics so, most of the teachers assigned to certain clubs would have the needed or similar skills but not all I think. There are also teachers who have the skills but aren't in any club like our EE teacher who is a great musician. That's is how much I know so far.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Well, the school offers the chance to learn new languages (not only in class), music (classical, music in general and the guitar club) , art and theatre clubs, sport clubs (running, basketball and football and more), yoga, dance, MUN, and more on that I don't know. We also have this club that helps women and children in different countries with their rights (somehow,I forgot the name,sorry).
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
So, in our school, we have the option of living on campus or in a host family (for the ones who don't know what this is, basically it's like the school is renting you a room at a resident in Oxford, mostly/hopefully near school). I have lived in the host family and I find it to be nice, luckily, I was 20-24mins away from school by walking and it wasn't the best in winter because I would be freezing but I got used to it you can say. What I liked most is that I got to meet a local resident where I was able to learn a lot about Oxford and their traditions. According to my friends, they like the residence because it's literally at school, so no waking up too early to rush to school compared to some host family students.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The school offers a variety of option in the afternoon, lunch (that's what we/ I call it) which is a cooked meal and sandwich which is basically different sandwiches, burger (chicken and beef) and fries/chips and chicken, with occasional pickles or bacon and the salad bar (this is where you get your salad). We also get fruit choice for every meal (it's free, if you can say so) either a banana, a tangerine or an apple. The way we seat is pretty basic, you don't have to have a certain spot and you can choose to sit inside or outside. Also, sometimes we get to seat with the EF language students and it's a great opportunity to make new international friends. :)
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The school is close to the City Centre and that's pretty cool because it's walking distance. This means, even at our afternoon break, you can easily go to the City Centre and come back and luckily arrive back in time. But of course, it's generally close so that means we have access to theatres, shops, restaurants and more. Also, the school is close to Cowley (walking distance again) and this is where most of the shops are and are open past 18:00. Furthermore, I like how the school is pretty quiet all the time, there would be noise because of maybe students hanging out but besides that, it's pretty quiet which makes it a good environment to finish any class work or h/w or just study.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I am not very social but honestly the students are pretty friendly because we are al international students, so I guess we all get each other in terms of maybe making friends. What I liked most is that largely, most of the time you won't feel awkward trying to make friends because people are open to it.
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