(Original post by bíborcsiga)
This thread doesn't seem to be particularly active, but nevertheless I thought I'd pop in. I'll hopefully be applying for Linguistics this year, still deciding between colleges and would be happy to chat with current students/other applicants.
I'd also like to ask what kind of essays people normally send in as their written work. I'm an international student, so I have next to no idea what the appropriate length and topic could be. In case anyone reads my comment it would be nice to have some opinions on this.
When I applied, I didn't have many essays subjects among my A levels, so the best thing I could send in was an essay of I think 1000 words from my French coursework, and I provided my own translation alongside it with a covering note.
With colleges, it can be good to have a DoS who is involved in the Linguistics course, but that's definitely not the only consideration. Incidentally, huge numbers of people apply to Kings (because of Bert Vaux being there I guess) and they can't all get in. The pooling system means the best candidates should still get offers from other colleges but then you don't get to choose where they put you. So think about some other factors and choose YOUR favourite college...
- How many students are there? Whereabouts is the accommodation for each of the three years? What are the rooms, bathrooms, internet connection like? Where will you get food?
- What's the library like? Do they have a good stock of Linguistics books (remember Linguistics is quite a new course) or will they buy in books quickly for you? How far will you have to go to classes, the department library, etc when you are busy studying?
- What are the sports facilities, bar, common room, etc like? Does the college have a strong focus on sports, music or something else that you could be involved in (you might get paid or go on trips abroad)?
- Where's the college located? Is it handy for the shops, the river, or whatever is important to you?
- Are there grants/bursaries/prizes/etc (i.e. MONEY) available to specific groups of students, e.g. to go to a particular part of the world in the summer; for students whose parents have a particular profession; for musicians, athletes, etc?
- Anything particular about the college's traditions, history, architecture etc that takes your fancy?
And that's not an exhaustive list so have an imagine about what will be important to you when you're living and studying hard in Cambridge for eight weeks at a time, three times a year.