Wednesday at Yale was full of learning about the State’s history and judicial system, giving students an incredible insight into the running of both the university and Connecticut itself.
Yale University Tour
ORA students at Yale were fortunate enough to be offered a campus tour by Jacob, an existing student of the university. The tour gave an insight into the background of Yale and the life of students at the university, providing our pupils with an idea of what they could expect if they were to study here one day.
Entering the renowned Woolsey Hall left students speechless as they marvelled at the spectacular organ and ornate ceiling. Used as the main auditorium for the university, the building has hosted a variety of events, including concerts and ceremonies. Next came the extraordinary University Library, which is housed in an ecclesiastically-styled building the size of a Cathedral. One of the most fascinating facts about the Library was that the architect supposedly attempted to give the building an antique feel by burning the exterior wall and defacing statues, presenting an appearance like that of churches in England after the Reformation in the 16th century.
First impressions inside the Library consisted mainly of gasps and jaw-dropping expressions as pupils gazed in wonder at the never-ending array of bookshelves. The awe didn’t stop there, as students were given the chance to see one of the last surviving copies of the Gutenberg Bible. These rare books were printed in the 1450s in Germany and are the first example of mass-produced European literature printed using movable components. Considered to be some of the most valuable books in the world, it was a fantastic opportunity for ORA pupils to see such a famous book.
After a long and informative tour, everyone stopped for some well-deserved lunch and ice cream.
Connecticut’s Court and Legal System Trip
After lunch, students were whizzed into the State’s capital of Hartford to learn all about Connecticut’s judicial system.
Fascinating tours showed pupils the original and current State Houses whilst teaching them about the history of the buildings and the process of introducing and creating State laws. Alongside laws, other political processes take place within the impressive State Houses and students enjoyed the chance to see inside rooms where politicians debate and discuss judicial matters. It wasn’t all serious, though, as students pounced on podiums and sat on benches used by law enforcers and judges of the State, posing for some hilarious photos. Check them out below.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing a portrait of George Washington, one of only two that were painted during his time in office. It seems that the theme of the day was seeing incredibly rare art and literature, an undoubtedly amazing opportunity!
Full of new and exciting information, students returned to the university for some free time before a delicious dinner. They have loads planned in the next few days and we can’t wait to see what they get up to towards the end of the week.