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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    All the accounts and stuff work now.
    Exciting times guys.


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    Oh yes. Oh yes.


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    In case someone's interested or haven't noticed it yet,
    I started a thread with a list of 'what they wore for matriculation' at each college in when my daughter matriculated.

    It's probably more relevant for girls, but some boys may find useful, too.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4291154
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    I'm slightly worried about the social side of things. Throughout secondary school I didn't really have any close friends because (without sounding disrespectful) I found it hard to fin people with similar interests - my hobbies included following things like US politics and all that, so I struggled to find real friends. This has led to me being rather socially anxious, I just feel like people are judging me all the time when I'm out, even though I know that it's not the case.

    On the contrary I really enjoy the company of like minded people when I find them and I'm confident I'll find a few I do however still have a concern. Although I can drink, I rarely go out and feel as though people look down on me because I don't attend my city's main nightclub every week or so. Since the majority of students at university do drink, I'm wondering whether this will be an issue - whether I'll be perceived as, perhaps "unsociable". I do plan to be lot more sociable within my college though when they organise their events like ents and what not.

    Do I have any reason to be worried?
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    (Original post by Cantabridgian)
    I'm slightly worried about the social side of things. Throughout secondary school I didn't really have any close friends because (without sounding disrespectful) I found it hard to fin people with similar interests - my hobbies included following things like US politics and all that, so I struggled to find real friends. This has led to me being rather socially anxious, I just feel like people are judging me all the time when I'm out, even though I know that it's not the case. On the contrary I really enjoy the company of like minded people when I find them and I'm confident I'll find a few
    I'm glad that you are confident that you'll find like minded people; I think you are quite correct! Your story is not an unusual one - Cambridge-bound bright youngsters often find themselves something of a misfit at school; big fish in small ponds and all that. Although it will be stressful at first, Cambridge is the sort of place where you can flourish.

    I'm a parent, by the way, and was at Cambridge myself a (cough) number of years ago.

    I do however still have a concern. Although I can drink, I rarely go out and feel as though people look down on me because I don't attend my city's main nightclub every week or so. Since the majority of students at university do drink, I'm wondering whether this will be an issue - whether I'll be perceived as, perhaps "unsociable". I do plan to be lot more sociable within my college though when they organise their events like ents and what not.
    I'll leave this for others with more recent experience of the social culture at Cambridge. But when I was there, there were many students who didn't drink alcohol and I get the impression there still are. I wouldn't be surprised if the crowd you get in with would simply not regard it as an issue; and you wouldn't want to get in with the crowd for which it would be an issue.

    Do I have any reason to be worried?
    Try and go with the assurance that there is a place for you in the social scene at Cambridge. It will be up to you to find it, though, and you may find the first term stressful as you search. Try to keep your eyes open for opportunities and not let any setbacks get you down!

    Best of luck!
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    (Original post by Cantabridgian)
    I'm slightly worried about the social side of things. Throughout secondary school I didn't really have any close friends because (without sounding disrespectful) I found it hard to fin people with similar interests - my hobbies included following things like US politics and all that, so I struggled to find real friends. This has led to me being rather socially anxious, I just feel like people are judging me all the time when I'm out, even though I know that it's not the case.

    On the contrary I really enjoy the company of like minded people when I find them and I'm confident I'll find a few I do however still have a concern. Although I can drink, I rarely go out and feel as though people look down on me because I don't attend my city's main nightclub every week or so. Since the majority of students at university do drink, I'm wondering whether this will be an issue - whether I'll be perceived as, perhaps "unsociable". I do plan to be lot more sociable within my college though when they organise their events like ents and what not.

    Do I have any reason to be worried?
    I think you'll find people you feel comfortable being with more easily at Cambridge than you were at your school/s.
    There's a quite a few 'social-awkward' types, not just extreme-mathmos or geeky natsci/comscis, but in all subjects.
    Also, unlike schools, most students are so busy with their works and other non-academic commitments, and everyone is on different timetable/schedule, so people move around much more independently and often you only have a chance to mix/mingle with others who just happened to be in a same club/society or in the same lectures/supervisions. It's very different from a class at school where everyone knows each other and gossip about other people.
    So please don't worry too much.

    But, it's quite important you have some friends you can share your hobby/passion/interest,, too, as when things get really tough, they are the people who can support you and give you some breathing space away from your work.
    There're so many clubs/society of various kinds, some college-based, some pan-university, so I'm sure you can find something that'd interest you and meet other like-minded people. If you can't find any, you can start one yourself.
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    Does anyone know approximately how much each meal is at college?

    I know it can vary from college to college, but any approximations for any college, specifically girton would be useful as that's where I am going. Just trying to currently budget.
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    (Original post by RThornton)
    Does anyone know approximately how much each meal is at college?

    I know it can vary from college to college, but any approximations for any college, specifically girton would be useful as that's where I am going. Just trying to currently budget.
    It varies. Best way to find out is check your college's website or that of the college JCR. Most colleges have a sample menu/price somewhere on their website.
    Try their page on food/catering.
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    [QUOTE=vincrows;67314752]I think you'll find people you feel comfortable being with more easily at Cambridge than you were at your school/s.
    There's a quite a few 'social-awkward' types, not just extreme-mathmos or geeky natsci/comscis, but in all subjects.
    Also, unlike schools, most students are so busy with their works and other non-academic commitments, and everyone is on different timetable/schedule, so people move around much more independently and often you only have a chance to mix/mingle with others who just happened to be in a same club/society or in the same lectures/supervisions. It's very different from a class at school where everyone knows each other and gossip about other people.
    So please don't worry too much.

    It sounds like students don't really get much chance to mingle with other students from other colleges, only a few moments during lectures and societies?
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    (Original post by 12284)
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    It sounds like students don't really get much chance to mingle with other students from other colleges, only a few moments during lectures and societies?
    It really depends.
    Many students join a university-wide club/society and get very active in it and make good friends there.
    Also, from second year onwards, it's very likely you have supervisions outside your college with students from other college/s.
    Also, there're swaps to meet and eat with other college's students.

    Yes, many of your friends you make can be someone from your college, but definitely not all of them. I know a couple of students who had many more friends outside their own college because of the club/society they were member of.
    And once you make a friend with someone (either who's at your college or other college), often you get to meet their friend//s at other college/s and make friend with them too.
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    Anyone know when you find out about the Cambridge Bursary?
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    (Original post by Gregorius)
    I'm glad that you are confident that you'll find like minded people; I think you are quite correct! Your story is not an unusual one - Cambridge-bound bright youngsters often find themselves something of a misfit at school; big fish in small ponds and all that. Although it will be stressful at first, Cambridge is the sort of place where you can flourish.

    I'm a parent, by the way, and was at Cambridge myself a (cough) number of years ago.



    I'll leave this for others with more recent experience of the social culture at Cambridge. But when I was there, there were many students who didn't drink alcohol and I get the impression there still are. I wouldn't be surprised if the crowd you get in with would simply not regard it as an issue; and you wouldn't want to get in with the crowd for which it would be an issue.



    Try and go with the assurance that there is a place for you in the social scene at Cambridge. It will be up to you to find it, though, and you may find the first term stressful as you search. Try to keep your eyes open for opportunities and not let any setbacks get you down!

    Best of luck!
    Cheers, this certainly lifted my spirits haha And yeah I completely get what you're saying, I anticipate that just about everyone will be the nice, respectful people I have in mind - its just that my past experiences in dealing with slightly less driven people have made me question my social skills. Also because coming back to my own city every holiday will mean that I'm stuck seeing the people I currently see everyday, so it would be really nice if I could find a way to socialise with new friends outside of term as wel..

    (Original post by vincrows)
    I think you'll find people you feel comfortable being with more easily at Cambridge than you were at your school/s.
    There's a quite a few 'social-awkward' types, not just extreme-mathmos or geeky natsci/comscis, but in all subjects.
    Also, unlike schools, most students are so busy with their works and other non-academic commitments, and everyone is on different timetable/schedule, so people move around much more independently and often you only have a chance to mix/mingle with others who just happened to be in a same club/society or in the same lectures/supervisions. It's very different from a class at school where everyone knows each other and gossip about other people.
    So please don't worry too much.

    But, it's quite important you have some friends you can share your hobby/passion/interest,, too, as when things get really tough, they are the people who can support you and give you some breathing space away from your work.
    There're so many clubs/society of various kinds, some college-based, some pan-university, so I'm sure you can find something that'd interest you and meet other like-minded people. If you can't find any, you can start one yourself.
    Thanks as well It sounded like I was resistant to making new friends but its definitely the opposite - I really do need to get out there in order to build my own confidence after feeling quite lonely for a number of years. So I'll definitely be quite proactive to joining societies and sports clubs.
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    I am actually still in shock.


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    All my cousins think I'm going to Oxford. So insulting
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    Guys does anyone know how to use an e-signature? One of my college forms requires it and I was under the impression that all that was needed was a photo of your handwritten signature, but now I've googled some stuff about it and I'm not sure. Will I be fine with just my photographed signature or what?

    Edit: I've found a website where I can make whatever an 'e-signature' happens to be but although it's free there's probably a catch somewhere, and I'm useless at drawing (this is an MS Paint-style setup) so I can't actually make the thing look anything like my usual, handwritten signature.
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    (Original post by SchubertLieder)
    Guys does anyone know how to use an e-signature? One of my college forms requires it and I was under the impression that all that was needed was a photo of your handwritten signature, but now I've googled some stuff about it and I'm not sure. Will I be fine with just my photographed signature or what?

    Edit: I've found a website where I can make whatever an 'e-signature' happens to be but although it's free there's probably a catch somewhere, and I'm useless at drawing (this is an MS Paint-style setup) so I can't actually make the thing look anything like my usual, handwritten signature.
    Maybe you should make your real signature look a bit more like Times New Roman text; I think that would simplify matters.
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Maybe you should make your real signature look a bit more like Times New Roman text; I think that would simplify matters.
    That would take longer than I have, given my habitually loopy writing :P anyway, I made an online signature thingy in the end so I've pasted it into the form and hopefully that'll be all that's needed (I tend to worry too much...)
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    (Original post by SchubertLieder)
    Guys does anyone know how to use an e-signature? One of my college forms requires it and I was under the impression that all that was needed was a photo of your handwritten signature, but now I've googled some stuff about it and I'm not sure. Will I be fine with just my photographed signature or what?

    Edit: I've found a website where I can make whatever an 'e-signature' happens to be but although it's free there's probably a catch somewhere, and I'm useless at drawing (this is an MS Paint-style setup) so I can't actually make the thing look anything like my usual, handwritten signature.
    Can you do it on a phone or tablet?
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    (Original post by SchubertLieder)
    Guys does anyone know how to use an e-signature? One of my college forms requires it and I was under the impression that all that was needed was a photo of your handwritten signature, but now I've googled some stuff about it and I'm not sure. Will I be fine with just my photographed signature or what?

    Edit: I've found a website where I can make whatever an 'e-signature' happens to be but although it's free there's probably a catch somewhere, and I'm useless at drawing (this is an MS Paint-style setup) so I can't actually make the thing look anything like my usual, handwritten signature.
    Lol i normally write my name through word...
    Guess I have been doing it wrong lol.peak times


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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    Lol i normally write my name through word...
    Guess I have been doing it wrong lol.peak times


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    same lol
 
 
 
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