Concord

student wins Sixth Form Essay Competition at University of Cambridge

Friday February 28, 2020

6.2 student Ben has impressed ‘Compass’ student-judges at the University of Cambridge with his essay on ‘What does the Anthropocene mean to you?’ and ‘How would you define it?’ – winning first place for his entry. Compass is the prestigious geography-led magazine for the University of Cambridge. As part of the university’s outreach programme, there is an annual essay writing competition for Sixth Form students across the country. Former Concord student, Essie Chen, who now studies at Cambridge and is one of two Co-Editors-in-Chief, said: “Each year, we aim to provide an opportunity for students to explore geographical concepts and current issues in greater depth away from the school syllabus and practise some outside-the-box thinking.” “We received a competitive set of entries this year across schools and sixth form colleges up and down the country, so Ben coming first among all contestants is truly a great achievement. “He really demonstrated his ability to step up to the challenge, as the questions are from actual exams on our university course!” Fellow Sixth Form student Robbie also entered the competition with a piece on the same topic and was in the final shortlist of four contestants, winning a runners-up prize. Ben’s entry has been published in the latest issue of Compass – and he has a received a hard-copy of this to keep, in addition to a book token. Ben has also been invited to Cambridge for a guided tour of the Geography Department. Robbie’s piece has also earned him a book token and his entry will feature on the next Compass blog. Alumna, Essie added: “Both pieces are thoughtful, rigorous and philosophical, and they are clearly well-researched. They’ve successfully conceptualised ideas and been articulate with the depth of content. “It’s evident that they’ve both committed to wider reading around the subject, and impressively, conclude by acknowledging the malleability of the future of the Anthropocene and how it is an epoch of the present as well as the future. “On behalf of the university, we hope Concord are proud of their achievements. Ben and Robbie should be extremely pleased.” You can view Ben’s winning piece electronically on the last issue of Compass Magazine (on page 18-19) by clicking here.