During the June holidays I was lucky enough to have the amazing experience of travelling to England to join the Reach Cambridge Program for two weeks. 

Reach Cambridge is a summer school program aimed at international teenagers aged 14 – 18 years. I chose to do the Politics and International Relations course due to my passion for politics and wanting to learn more how different states have relationships with each other. We spent 4 hours of every day in a classroom located on the Cambridge Campus. The course featured many discussions and debates surrounding the topics of feminism, race and ecology. We learnt about different models of society, migration and security issues, and different theories surrounding international relations. The program also included excursions on the weekends with all of the people involved in the program, with trips to Warwick Castle, visiting museums in London, such as the V&A and the Tate Modern, and visiting Strafford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeare’s birthplace and going to see King Lear, at the Globe Theatre in London. 

The entire program was a phenomenal experience, with highlights of living and learning on campus, meeting new people from all over the world, having the freedom to explore the city of Cambridge and trying all the different food, and the many class discussions and debates where we were encouraged to think outside our comfort zones. 

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, it has helped me learn more about myself and the world, and has given me the opportunity to make lifelong friendships.

Lily Johnson, Year 11