So, as you may or may not know, the new Taylor Swift album came out this week. This resulted in much discussion of boys, drama and relationship among my friends which eventually led to talking about how it could sometimes be hard to maintain a relationship at Cambridge, even if your other half was there too.
My loved-up friends were debating how much time to split between their relationships and work, while I was mostly worrying about how to fit my Netflix habit around the various different sports I am playing this year. But nevertheless, it’s a pretty relevant point for everyone. Cambridge is BUSY. Whatever subject you end up studying, whichever extra-curriculars you decide to take up, you aren’t going to be bored. Except maybe 100 pages into a 400 page textbook on the political philosophy of JS Mill.
The reason that people don’t get bored here, and the reason that it can be hard at times to find time for seeing your boyfriend/girlfriend at a distant college, let alone one who is at home or at another uni somewhere, is that there is just so much to do. It feels like such a waste to ignore the millions (don’t even think I am exaggerating here) of opportunities that Cambridge offers. This term alone I am playing a university sport, plus a handful of college ones, writing for my college magazine, organising Ents in my college, volunteering for access schemes, applying for various internships and work experience programmes, and getting involved with university-wide charity initiatives, on top of all my work. The good thing is that all of my friends are also doing the same.
Cambridge is one of the top universities in the world in terms of academics, and that’s definitely a great reason on its own to apply here. It’s also a beautiful city, and an amazing place to live which is another reason. But it also offers you so much more than a respected degree and a stunning view out of your window. The sheer variety and scale of opportunities for students to get involved with sport, drama, journalism, music, volunteering is unbelievable, and this is probably my favourite thing about studying in Cambridge.
So next time I complain about not having enough time for essay deadlines, or volleyball practice, or a play that I want to see, or complaining that all these things are happening at the same time, hopefully I can remember that this is what I love most about Cambridge.
It’s hectic, intense, even scary at times, but it’s never ever dull.