It’s exactly a year since I received my offer to study at Cambridge, although I can still remember the exact feeling of opening that letter. Twelve months later and here I am, getting ready to go back to college, sorting through clothes and panicking about holiday work I haven’t quite got round to finishing/starting yet.
I’m incredibly excited about going back. Even though I loved seeing my family and friends from home at Christmas, after only a few days ‘outside the bubble’, you begin to miss the weird and wacky traditions that make Cambridge what it really is. Trying to explain to your friends from school about supervisions, the College system and why you have a bedder who cleans your room makes you realise that actually, Cambridge isn’t like any other uni. But that’s what makes it so special. A degree from Cambridge gives you access to some of the best teaching and facilities in the world, but it also makes you part of a grand history stretching back hundreds and hundreds of years, and connects you to some of the greatest minds the world has ever seen. No pressure huh!
Last weekend, across the country and the world, hundreds of hopeful applicants will have found out that they have been offered a place to study here. Many of these offers will be conditional on receiving exam results at the end of the year, but for me, the thought of studying at Cambridge was the best motivation to work hard for my A levels. If you are an offer holder, feel free to ask any questions you have about life at Cambridge using the comments section.
I’d better get back to packing!