Congress to Campus 2019

On 6th March, we welcomed visiting students to Wellington for our annual Congress to Campus conference. Anisa, a student from Tower Hamlets School, shares her reflections on the day:

“Our trip to Wellington College provided our Politics class with a vivid insight into the US political system. This was best encapsulated by the panel of speakers, including former congresswoman Donna Edwards, a Democrat, and Republican, Charles Boustany, as well as lecturers from UCL, De Montfort and London Metropolitan University. Our study of US politics in the classroom was brought to life by the university lecturers, who opened us up to the huge impact the American political system has, both at home and across the globe.

An incredibly interesting and thought-provoking day.

The lectures challenged us to analyse and question details of the US political system. Topics ranged from the power of the presidency, to the US Supreme Court, the role and influence of elections and the everyday life of Congress. Overall the day not only gave us a first-hand understanding of how each branch of government (including state governments) work together, and in opposition to each other, but also brought to our attention the fragility of politics and a universal understanding of how the butterfly effect in politics affects the entire globe. The day was inspiring, insightful and caused us to evaluate every aspect of politics and gave us an insight into the mechanisms that run American politics, in contrast to the UK.

On behalf of my classmates I would like to thank Wellington College for inviting us to join them in an incredibly interesting and thought-provoking day, and for giving us the opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of US politics”.

Anisa R

Any schools interested in attending the next Congress to Campus on 4th April 2020 should email: or message via Twitter @confs_welly

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