I came on the programme alone, without any classmates, so I did feel rather nervous but excited on the first day. I arrived on Sunday evening, so I didn’t have the chance to meet other participants, however the members of staff who met me were incredibly welcoming and nice, so my internal worries quickly disappeared.
The fact that I had the opportunity to chat and introduce myself to my roommates and pastoral staff was another thing that made me feel calmer and ready for the week ahead. Whereas at the end of the programme I felt a lot more comfortable with the people around me. It was very difficult to leave and say goodbye to the people I can now call my friends, but it was a bittersweet feeling, as I am sure we will meet again soon.
I came into the program wanting to step out of my comfort zone however difficult that would be. I knew I was nervous and I rarely volunteered for anything in class but the programme was amazing.
I’m sure wanting to improve myself played a role in making me open up but being at the place with all these amazing people made it feel like an ease. I wanted to talk to everyone. I wanted to speak up and help and participate. And I really feel I made the most out of the programme and had the most fun possible!
I think the moment I will remember forever on the trip was doing my GSL inspire at Oxford University. I was quite nervous to speak in front of everybody but when I did my GSL inspire all I could think about was I had spoken about a social justice issue I am very passionate about in front of 80 people at Oxford University, which is a pretty crazy thing to say.
I would say 100% do it. This experience has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. The values and leadership skills I have learnt has been very inspiring. Also the people I have met means I have a global network of friends which is amazing.
GSL World Summit 2020!
We are excited and proud to announce that the application/nomination process for the 8th edition of GSL World Summit is now open! If you are 15-17 years old and would love to experience ‘a summer of a lifetime at Wellington College’ apply now.
There are limited places available and we assess each application within 48h of submission. If we reach our limit we will have to close the application process. Apply today to avoid missing out on this opportunity!
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