Posts tagged Cambridge
Jamie's Story

How  did you decide what to study at university?

I have always been very interested in all sciences, driven by a curiosity for how things work. During school I already knew that I wanted to pursue a researcher career path. However, I could not decide which exact discipline I wanted to specialise in. Further, I knew that I was doing very well at school and wanted to study at a university that would challenge me and help fully develop my potential. Luckily Cambridge allows for you to choose between courses in your undergraduate Natural science degree, giving me the challenge (and oh boy, it challenges) and diversity I was looking for.

What's it like studying at Cambridge?

I came to Cambridge not really knowing what to expect. But just minutes after arriving I started feeling the dream that it is. Cambridge is a gathering space for so many fantastic and intellectual people, that you find friends from all over the world and different backgrounds. I also love my course, I would never believed just how much one can learn in an 8 week term. Finally, Cambridge life is not just your actual studies but a vast number of societies and sport clubs await, as does a vibrant college community. Between lectures, labs, sports and friends, there is never a dull moment and I think that's what makes this place truly special.

- Jamie from Austria, studying chemistry at Cambridge

Niamh's Story

What was the application process like? Do you have any advice for prospective applicants?

The process is reasonably long but straightforward. It includes writing a personal statement, a further statement, a questionnaire, an interview and a written test. However, do not let this intimidate you! To improve your application, make sure you read lots around your subject and keep up to date with current affairs so you will have something to write and talk about. Treat the interview as a mock supervision - they just want to see what you would be like to teach.

How are you finding your experience at Cambridge so far?

Overall I am really enjoying my time here at Cambridge. The workload, whilst significantly more than other universities, is manageable and I found the level of difficulty fine. It is intense because terms are only eight weeks long, however the upshot of this is the long holidays! There are so many opportunities at your grasp and also some time for a social life.

- Niamh from London, studying anthropology at Cambridge