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2nd year Anthropology return trip to Somerset

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Dear Jerome, We second year anthropologists write to you with a request. As a large and mixed group of now close friends, we owe a debt of gratitude to you for organising a trip which served to forge new friendships, consolidate nascent ones and break down social barriers. The result has been a strengthened anthropological community where we can freely discuss issues pertaining to the course both on campus and off. One need only attend a tutorial to see how last year's interactions have led to more rigorous, quality discussion among those who now feel emboldened in each other's company (whilst others often remain distant and tentative). Sadly, the progression to second year brings about an inevitable dispersal of students both because of module choice and the necessity to find living places across London. The result of this is reduced interaction among the anthropology students; something we all very much regret. We would therefore like to request that the Anthropology department consider arranging a trip of the same or a similar nature for 2nd year students, that we may reinvigorate the existing esprit de corps within the group and allow the many students who didn't attend last year (and who, we believe, are consequently at a significant disadvantage) the opportunity to find their place in a supportive and constructive community. Though many of the exercises undertaken last year were fairly introductory in anthropological terms, it is our opinion that, even if a more advanced programme were not devisable, the usefulness of such a trip would exceed its academic purview. We sincerely hope you will give serious thought to our request and see fit to grant it.

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