Cyle here,writing to you with the second day of Summerfuel Oxford in the books, and boy was it a good one!
Monday was the first day of classes for our 2019 students and those classes range in topic from the Humanities (Shakespeare, Oxford Authors, Law & Society) to the Sciences (Developmental Psychology, Genetics), to the artistic and expressive (Creative Writing, Digital Photography). The RAs and I have heard nothing but positive- maybe even glowing- reports of the faculty and the curriculum writ large, and that students feel that the classes are both relevant and engaging, as well as challenging. We are extremely proud of our faculty, and so it is nice to hear that the students are feeling so positively.
The RAs led their hall groups in the town center to begin to explore what amenities Oxford has to offer, and helped their students find places to change currency, buy toiletries and necessities, and get a really good meal for £3!
Later in the evening, the RAs did a fantastic job of putting together an evening program that is best described in pictures. Let’s begin with how beautiful University Parks- 74 acres of pristinely kept fields and gardens that are among the most beautiful that these eyes have ever seen- is. University Parks abuts Lady Margaret Hall, and we will be utilizing the space constantly. Could you blame us?
We began with a water balloon toss, where students partnered up and tossed a water balloon between them. With each catch, the student partners had to take a step back until the water balloon burst. Laughter ensured.
Look at far out they got!
Next, the RAs led us in a round of Human Knot, where students got into groups, grabbed one another’s hands in various combinations, and then, without letting go of one another’s hands, they tried to untangle themselves. Again, laughter ensued.
And then, there was an epic game of Capture the Flag. Because of how large University Parks is, we had to limit the field to about the size of a soccer pitch, and students were having so much fun that we played several rounds. I was most impressed by our female students who mixed it up as well or better than their male counterparts, utilizing good strategy to help their teams win. (The young man in the photo below had just been sneak-tagged by the young woman behind him!)
One of my favorite things about Summerfuel is that it attracts both excellent students as well as excellent athletes. I don’t need to tell you that the young man in the photo below is fast- you can see that he’s fast.
Suffice it to say that, between the rigorous classes, the lovely afternoon out with RAs and exploring the city, and an evening running wild, our students had no trouble getting to sleep!
Oh! And I nearly forgot! Our intrepid RA, Riley, found an inflatable Connect Four game and RA Cameron had a VERY good time.