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Student at ORA's Oxford Summer School, 2019

  • Course type

    Course: Engineering Preparation

  • Location

    From: Benin

  • Age

    Age: 16 years old

Highlights from Cyrian’s experience

  • Inspired by his course to choose Engineering as his future career
  • Made global friends and enjoyed exciting activities and group outings 
  • Decided on a specific branch of engineering to pursue at university

“Thanks to Oxford Royale Academy, I now have the necessary tools to take on all future obstacles.”

Have you ever…?

Have you ever felt safe and properly welcomed by people on your first day in a new environment? Have you ever been in a college full of diverse and talented people? Have you ever built a tight bond with people you’ve never seen before in less than a week? Have you ever gotten last-longing and magnificent memories from a summer school? My name is Cyrian Kenny Tohouede Kedowide and I am 16 years old. I attended ORA (Oxford Royale Academy) to study Engineering Preparation and have a brief overview of what the university lifestyle looks like in Oxford.

On my first day in Oxford, I was welcomed by the staff members who gave me my welcome package, a shirt and my lanyard. I was then shown my room in which I dropped my luggage and immediately headed out in order to meet new people but instead I enjoyed the view by walking around and breathing in fresh air. This was when I met my first Engineering friend in Oxford. His name is Ethan. I also met an array of other people with whom I directly vibed with; those who loved  soccer; those who loved shopping; funny ones; those with whom I shared the same culture etc.

For the rest of the day, the counsellors and the Junior Deans gave us fun activities to do during the icebreakers in which we got to know more about the others’ home countries and little pertinent facts about ourselves. After the little get to know each other, we had the time to stay in the JCR in order to have more fun together and I honestly loved it because a positive mindset was already set around me. It made my mood for the next day which was the day when we started the actual lessons.

I had lectures every day at the Blavatnik School of Government with Mr Johny as my teacher. He taught me loads of essential and basic tools to become a great engineer. We also had the opportunity to build and program our own robots with the use of LEGO MINDSTORM and additionally, using the Octave Application, we could plot graphs easier, faster and more accurate. Most of the Physics and Mathematics lessons were a reminder to me as I was already able to study it previously in my school but having a direct conversation with the teacher about different problems involved when given an equation or a problem, felt more appealing.

I didn’t just go to lectures as there were fun activities to do after them and I took the time to participate in most of them because I knew that I wouldn’t regret any of them. I took part in a junkyard golf, Stock Market, Ora Olympics, soccer, badminton; just to name a few.

Overall, Engineering Preparation as the course stated it, prepared me into becoming a  proper engineer. It impacted me in a way that I now want to study in Oxford, preferably Petroleum engineering. But having had this experience, I now know what I’ll be hoping to see  in university and it drove me more to the side of becoming an engineer as I was before not sure of whether or not, I wanted to follow this path. Being at first a child’s dream and wanting to follow my lovely mother’s footsteps, Oxford Royale Academy adjusted it to the level where I was able to understand every topic and enjoy it globally. Apart from teaching me a lot about my future goals, it showed me how friendship can easily be built. So, I am now gladly able to say yes to all the questions asked in the beginning of this essay. Thanks to Oxford Royale Academy, I now have the necessary tools for future obstacles.

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