From AGS to Cambridge
My first term studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University was undoubtedly the busiest, scariest, most overwhelming but amazing 9 weeks of my life. Fresher’s week was a blur; a packed schedule left little time to process that I had just moved away from home to embark on a completely new adventure. I’m not sure what I expected, but the workload definitely came as a shock, both in terms of difficulty and sheer volume. I found that being surrounded by people who are driven and passionate about their subject definitely helped to keep me motivated. To anyone thinking about applying I would say choosing the right subject is key: it sounds obvious but I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed the term if I didn’t love my subject.
Aside from studying I started rowing which was brilliant fun (aside from the 6am starts!) It was great to be part of a team and to see how much everyone had improved once we began racing towards the end of term. Joining a sport or society is a great way to meet people from other years and subjects; it’s refreshing to hear someone talk about their area of study and you definitely need some time away from your work.
The biggest challenge for the majority of people was probably being away from home but I am very lucky to have made amazing friends who were always there to talk to. There isn’t much time to relax but when I got the chance I loved to wander around the city and appreciate my surroundings- it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of deadlines and I found this recharged my motivation.
One of the most important things I learned throughout my university application process was to just go for what I really wanted so I wasn’t left wondering ‘what if…’. It was scary but incredibly rewarding, I can’t wait for the adventure to continue.