Anastasia Raymond, Robinson College Essay Prize Competition 2014

I entered the Robinson Essay Prize competition in 2014, answering the question: ‘The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking’. I had never heard of Robinson College before, and I had certainly never been the most academic student in class, but I entered the Essay Prize competition after my mum advised me to do so. Sometimes parents are right! I think that in taking the time out of my summer to do some extra academic work I was able to show Universities in my personal statement that I was driven, that I wanted to push myself and, above all, that I love the subject that I was applying to read, making me more than just some state school girl with average grades and big dreams.

Mostly though, I am so happy that through this essay prize I came into contact with Robinson, as I instantly fell in love with the place. As the writer of one of the commended essays in the competition I was invited up to College for an award ceremony and lunch where I met the Director of Studies for my course, had a tour of the College, and ultimately decided to apply to Robinson. Thanks to this informal meeting, when I came to interview with my Director of Studies formally I felt more at ease; more like a person and less like an academic robot! I’ve currently just finished my first year at Robinson studying Education with English and Drama, and I’ve had the most wonderful time! I urge all Year 12 students to find out more about the essay prize competition, and about Robinson. You never know what might happen unless you try!