I think every student in the English-speaking world has dreamed of studying at Cambridge at one time or another. The reality of actually getting to be here completely exceeded my expectations.
Cambridge attracts all sorts of interesting characters from all over, each bringing their own stories and expertise. Your classmates are some of the most exceptional young minds in the world. In addition, not a day goes by without being able to learn something amazing from students, lecturers, researchers, or staff. Nobel laureates, heads of state, and all sorts of movers and shakers pass through this city every single day. As a student of the university, one is privileged to be able to listen and engage to any and all of these thinkers, usually at little to no cost.
The available academic resources—libraries, equipment, additional training, high levels of contact time with supervisors—are any researcher’s fantasy. You get to soak in all this learning, culture, and innovation in a beautiful environment steeped in more than eight hundred years of history and tradition. The collegiate system, which provides both social and academic support, is a particularly enjoyable aspect of Cambridge life. What’s not to like?
Cambridge’s social life is just as vibrant as its academic life. You can join university and collegiate sports teams and all sorts of interest groups. If there’s a language, game, or skill you’re interested inchances are you can do it at Cambridge. For this first term, I’m doing volleyball, yoga and Arabic, plus a few political and innovation-related societies.