Student in Spotlight: Max

Watch a video of our Cherwellian reflecting on his experience participating in some of the debate and public speaking workshops organised at the College.

Max, A-Level student at Cherwell College Oxford: “It was refreshing and unique experience. I’ve never done public speaking before. The most difficult was the time. We were given very little time to prepare a speech and very little time to, actually, deliver the speech. The overall consensus I feel was that it’s a good thing to try make yourself more concise. I think public speaking is very important through all areas of society – business, politics. It’s very important to be able to articulate yourself. I feel that public speaking helps people in our society learning to communicate. It’s incredibly important for learning about other people and getting one’s point across in a clear and concise manner, avoiding misunderstandings. I’d like to study at linguistics at a university and it’s the very key part of the course, understanding different people through learning their language.”

Since its foundation, Cherwell College has developed strong links with the oldest student-led debating society – the Oxford Union. Founded in 1823, the Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with a reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford.