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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    So you can go to other colleges for food? What's to stop someone from staying at a college with a low KFC (kitchen fee), and eating at somewhere where the meals are more subsidised?
    You certainly can, but you are likely to have to pay a slightly higher out-of-college price.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    You're more sensible than your parents.
    I know a couple of people who had very serious bike accidents in Cambridge (and another with less serious accident) , one of them permanently severely disabled (though wearing a helmet wouldn't have saved him) and the other who recovered after a few weeks hospital stay but his parents was told by the doctor the outcome would've been very different if he hadn't been wearing a helmet. I saw the photo of the helmet was wearing. There was a huge dent on the side.

    There are many students who do not wear helmet, but you never know you don't become a next person who's going to be like those two I know.

    Please be sensible.



    physicsmaths, back me up!!
    Indeed I can.


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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Whoo! King's sent us an email. We have some stupid book to read and are have an online accommodation form to fill in, plus health questionnaires and forms sent to us by mail. Ooh, and we're getting our college parent letters posted tomorrow! Exciting.
    Another King's student here at TSR : D What kind of room are you taking? I'm probably going to choose Spalding - international student and want to stay the vacations in town - but I've heard a lot of first years pick Keynes.

    The book thing was pretty unexpected but hey, something to read and get myself in the "Cambridge state of mind" ;p
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    (Original post by eniet)
    Another King's student here at TSR : D What kind of room are you taking? I'm probably going to choose Spalding - international student and want to stay the vacations in town - but I've heard a lot of first years pick Keynes.

    The book thing was pretty unexpected but hey, something to read and get myself in the "Cambridge state of mind" ;p
    Whoo! I'm going for Spalding. Same reason as you. Kitchens are a bonus, but my culinary skills max out at making tea, so not much use to me. Not very happy about all the other freshers enjoy themselves over the college bar at Keynes with their ensuites, but I'll live, I suppose.

    Haha, I'm not sure if I can work up the motivation to read it, apparently we'll have a group discussion about it in Freshers, so... urgh, King's are such nerds. :lol:

    BTW, on that note - you haven't received your CAS yet, have you?
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    (Original post by DJMayes)
    We don't have quite that issue (college is very big on dietary concerns due to some students we've had who basically couldn't eat anything) but over my time we've had things like black pepper jelly, chilli sorbet, and one yoghurt that I can only describe as refrigerated washing powder (and a huge kick in the teeth if you were attempting to show off your formal amid claims it was the best ).

    Peterhouse is odd as it's the least formal formal despite being the oldest college, but it's great for those of us who would choose Greggs over Pret A Mangers every day of the week...
    Lol it must be really 'thrilling' to wait for your food to be served.
    Never had chilli sorbet but it seems adding chilli to sweet thing has been popular trick of chefs lately, like chocolate with chilli, chilli ice cream, etc.

    Lol What exactly was the refrigerated washing powder-like thing? Was it white cold stuff scattered on food, like the white stuff in this pic?
    If so, that's 'edible snow,' a popular trick by chefs these days......and the brown stiff on the left is 'edible soil'.
    ........starting to wonder it might be why my daughter liked pembroke's formal.....
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    She'd never been to peterhouse for a formal, but been inside a few times. She said inside of the college was quite different from the impression you get from the prestigious-looking building outside. I'd refrain myself from describing what exactly she said about the inside............
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Whoo! I'm going for Spalding. Same reason as you. Kitchens are a bonus, but my culinary skills max out at making tea, so not much use to me. Not very happy about all the other freshers enjoy themselves over the college bar at Keynes with their ensuites, but I'll live, I suppose.

    Haha, I'm not sure if I can work up the motivation to read it, apparently we'll have a group discussion about it in Freshers, so... urgh, King's are such nerds. :lol:

    BTW, on that note - you haven't received your CAS yet, have you?
    don't worry, you're not alone. Most of colleges have 'group discussion' thing (or whatever different name they use) with DoS/fellows & students during the freshers week, not just King's.
    Some colleges even start the first 'supervision' during the freshers week, though it's usually nothing much more than introductory session and getting to know each other........though I know of some students already got assignment for supervision in the freshers week........
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    don't worry, you're not alone. Most of colleges have 'group discussion' thing (or whatever different name they use) with DoS/fellows & students during the freshers week, not just King's.
    Some colleges even start the first 'supervision' during the freshers week, though it's usually nothing much more than introductory session and getting to know each other........though I know of some students already got assignment for supervision in the freshers week........
    i wouldn't mind that tbh, it'd be nice to see what its like as early as possible so i don't screw up the actual supervisions
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    (Original post by EnglishMuon)
    i wouldn't mind that tbh, it'd be nice to see what its like as early as possible so i don't screw up the actual supervisions

    Yeah, one week difference on when it starts really doesn't matter in a big scheme of thing at all.



    ...........just that the weight of reality hitting you may come as a tiny bit bigger shock when it happens when many others around you are still enjoying the care-free freshers week.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    don't worry, you're not alone. Most of colleges have 'group discussion' thing (or whatever different name they use) with DoS/fellows & students during the freshers week, not just King's.
    Some colleges even start the first 'supervision' during the freshers week, though it's usually nothing much more than introductory session and getting to know each other........though I know of some students already got assignment for supervision in the freshers week........
    Hahaha, fair enough. Our book this year is "Freedom Regained" something about philosophical free will, lovely reading for a mathematician.

    Ouch! I don't envy those with summer work or reading lists. :lol:
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Hahaha, fair enough. Our book this year is "Freedom Regained" something about philosophical free will, lovely reading for a mathematician.

    Ouch! I don't envy those with summer work or reading lists. :lol:
    It's often natsci that gets going earlier than others.
    A friend of my daughter who was a natsci at king's got a long reading list almost straight after her offer was confirmed.
    The first (almost) proper supervision for natsci and mathmo at my daughter's college start in the freshers week, while other freshers for other courses just have a nice 'afternoon tea' with their DoS/fellows.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    It's often natsci that gets going earlier than others.
    A friend of my daughter who was a natsci at king's got a long reading list almost straight after her offer was confirmed.
    The first (almost) proper supervision for natsci and mathmo at my daughter's college start in the freshers week, while other freshers for other courses just have a nice 'afternoon tea' with their DoS/fellows.
    *gulps* I'll take it as it comes. :lol: By the way, do you keep your DoS for all three years or do you get a new one every year?
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    *gulps* I'll take it as it comes. :lol: By the way, do you keep your DoS for all three years or do you get a new one every year?
    Depends on the college. At mine Phys/Bio are separated in IA, then you get a DoS for your chosen subject in IB and they're also your DoS for II.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    *gulps* I'll take it as it comes. :lol: By the way, do you keep your DoS for all three years or do you get a new one every year?
    It depends.
    Some colleges have more than one DoS for a course, so you may be assigned to a different DoS each year, depending upon your chosen paper or DoS's availability/schedule, etc.
    Also, DoS may move to other college/university, have a sabbatical or assigned to other job that unable him/her to take up the task of looking after the students.

    But in general, you have formal meetings with your DoS only at the beginning and the end of a term (unless you have some special problem), as his role is to make sure you're generally on a right track on your academic progress, so actual 'formal' contact time with your DoS is not that much, anyway. On the other hand, you see your supervisor at least once a week and supervision is the most intensive and important time you directly have with an academic staff, so they will play more crucial and direct role in your academic life.

    But some DoS are more keen to get involved with their students, beyond their expected minimum role and be more supportive than others. And some just want to get away with doing the absolute minimum and go back to their other work/own research.
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    I get 2DoS's for the price of one.
    Can i pick the one who is my favourite.
    It will be Dr Anthony Ashton sinc ehes a proper lad and wore a blue suit at interview.


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    (Original post by vincrows)
    It depends.
    Some colleges have more than one DoS for a course, so you may be assigned to a different DoS each year, depending upon your chosen paper or DoS's availability/schedule, etc.
    Also, DoS may move to other college/university, have a sabbatical or assigned to other job that unable him/her to take up the task of looking after the students.

    But in general, you have formal meetings with your DoS only at the beginning and the end of a term (unless you have some special problem), as his role is to make sure you're generally on a right track on your academic progress, so actual 'formal' contact time with your DoS is not that much, anyway. On the other hand, you see your supervisor at least once a week and supervision is the most intensive and important time you directly have with an academic staff, so they will play more crucial and direct role in your academic life.

    But some DoS are more keen to get involved with their students, beyond their expected minimum role and be more supportive than others. And some just want to get away with doing the absolute minimum and go back to their other work/own research.
    Typical, thanks for the insight. I hope I've got a nice one who wants to be involved a lot, Jake Wright's DoS seemed really cool from the videos off his channel.
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    I get 2DoS's for the price of one.Can i pick the one who is my favourite.It will be Dr Anthony Ashton sinc ehes a proper lad and wore a blue suit at interview.
    My daughter's college has/had 4 for her course.
    They were all very nice and really good, but the most senior one was most involved in looking after the students, very supportive, not just on academic front but very caring as their 'friend' too. Simply THE BEST DoS IN THE WHOLE WORLD.......after, of cours. e *cough* Christ's Admissions *cough*) ......then he left for a sabbatical in her final year......
    He's now back at the college but only as DoS for postgrads, not for undergrads. Lucky she had at least 2 years with him.

    I don't think it's your choice who's going to be your DoS, but theirs.


    (Original post by Zacken)
    Typical, thanks for the insight. I hope I've got a nice one who wants to be involved a lot, Jake Wright's DoS seemed really cool from the videos off his channel.
    Good luck.
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    I get 2DoS's for the price of one.
    Can i pick the one who is my favourite.
    It will be Dr Anthony Ashton sinc ehes a proper lad and wore a blue suit at interview.


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    Just to add....

    I think you'll get to choose your supervisor, though, from the second year onward.

    Not very familiar with how things work at Maths dept, but at my daughter's department and a few other depts I know, you sign up for a supervisor of your choice, , depending upon your choice of paper or theme of dissertation.
    If he/she is very popular and oversubscribed (or some reason he/she absolutely does not want to take you...), you are assigned to another supervisor by the department or find someone else yourself.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    Just to add....

    I think you'll get to choose your supervisor, though, from the second year onward.

    Not very familiar with how things work at Maths dept, but at my daughter's department and a few other depts I know, you sign up for a supervisor of your choice, , depending upon your choice of paper or theme of dissertation.
    If he/she is very popular and oversubscribed (or some reason he/she absolutely does not want to take you...), you are assigned to another supervisor by the department or find someone else yourself.
    I see.
    Are supervisors in college?
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    I see.
    Are supervisors in college?
    That depends, too, usually on where your supervisor wants to have it..
    As I said, who's going to be your supervisor will be determined by what paper you're taking, not which college you are, so unless your supervisor happens to be a member of your college and he/she wants to do it in their office in the college, it's more likely either at the department or their office in their college. And it can change sometimes, if they have a busy schedule and want to fit all the commitments on the day in the most efficient way.

    Actually, this is another reason i've been saying all along a choice of your college when applying based on the location of your college (and assumed convenience) is really meaningless. You never know which college you may have to travel at least once a week for supervision.
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    Hi, could anyone explain the difference between Mathematics A and B in Natural Sciences, in terms of course content and advantages?
 
 
 
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