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    Hi,

    this has probably been asked before, but how much of a difference does it make to your uni experience, which college you're in?

    I ask cos I've just noticed the college I'll be in (St Edmund's) is at the bottom of the league table!

    Is the course and the teaching basically the same wherever you are, or do some of the 'best' tutors only teach students from their colleges?

    How easy is it to get involved in the social life in other colleges? (go to their events etc) Or do people not usually do this?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy to be going to Cambridge and determined to make the most of it. But does anyone here know anything about St Edmunds? Is the social life good?
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    Are you going to be an undergrad? I can't remember whether St Ed's takes undergrads or not. If so, then teaching will probably be much the same across colleges. Lectures are centralised, and as St Ed's is quite small you'd probably have supervisions at other colleges anyway. Most people tend to go to ents at their own college, as well as going out to town clubs and sometimes other colleges (Churchill Pav, Queens' Ents etc). There's plenty to do, you might have to get out and find stuff a bit more from a grad college but it's not like you'll be left out or anything

    The league tables don't really work with the grad colleges; it's probably just that they have a very low percentage of undergrads (which is what the tables are based on), so variation in individual results has a much greater effect.
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    >There's plenty to do, you might have to get out and find stuff a bit more from a grad college but it's not like you'll be left out or anything

    Oh good, I was just a little worried cos when I went for my interview the college seemed really quiet - I did meet a postgrad student who was nice though! I'll be an undergrad, I'm 22 now and I'll be 23 when I matriculate. So I won't be much different in age from the average school leaver, but I'd love to meet people my own age too!
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    Nope, the league tables make no difference unless you care about such things.

    I have freinds at 'higher' colleges than newnham, and in some subjects they say that my supervisors are better then theirs! (Natsci...)

    Its nice if you can go to a college towards the top, but to be honest, if you believe the rumours about christs (which i dont because i hate rumours - is why noone comes to newnham ) you wouldnt want to be at a really academic college anyway!
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    Go to a college that does spectacular mayballs. Trinity, St John's, Queens' and Clare.
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    (Original post by Camford)
    Go to a college that does spectacular mayballs. Trinity, St John's, Queens' and Clare.
    And Emma, I have to say! Absolutely stonking, the best fun I've ever had at a mayball. Damn them; all my anti-Emma prejudice has had to evaporate

    Seriously, in answer to the original post, it shouldn't make much difference what college you're at. How well you do in your degree primarily depends on how much effort you are prepared to put in; if you get a poor supervisor it can be a setback but your college is usually prepared to let you change, and anyway if you do enough reading in your own time you should be Ok whatever. You can also speak to and email your lecturers - everybody has a chance to do this since you attend the same lectures. And practicals, in the sciences, are all done centrally as well. So really your supervisors are the only things that change with colleges and although they're important, they're not the be-all and end all; and there will often be several different supervisors working for the same college anyway.

    Many people make friends at other colleges as well, so I'm sure you'll be fine socially whatever! But I'm sure St Edmund's is great
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    (Original post by libra82#)
    I'll be an undergrad, I'm 22 now and I'll be 23 when I matriculate. So I won't be much different in age from the average school leaver, but I'd love to meet people my own age too!
    You are a wee baby.. I'm 28 and will be a year older (can't even bring myself to say the number ) when I go back in October. I will be redoing first year (medicine) at Girton (truly bottom of the table - grad colleges don't really count on them because so few people take the undergrad courses there (note that they are all at the bottom near Girton!).

    Ed's has a free pool table which is all good. Bar was REALLY tiny but I like the big open layout outside it. You'll meet lots of people of lots of different ages but always feel free to send me a PM or email (pro22) if you want shown around or anything. A nice wee 27 yr old second yr medic from Lucy showed me around town when I arrived which was all good as I got to see all the places I would need to go and stuff..

    What subject are you doing BTW?

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    (Original post by Fluffstar)
    Nope, the league tables make no difference unless you care about such things.

    I have freinds at 'higher' colleges than newnham, and in some subjects they say that my supervisors are better then theirs! (Natsci...)

    Its nice if you can go to a college towards the top, but to be honest, if you believe the rumours about christs (which i dont because i hate rumours - is why noone comes to newnham ) you wouldnt want to be at a really academic college anyway!
    I've got an offer from Christ's.. you've got me curious/worried now!
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    thanks everyone,

    hi polthegael! I'll email you when I get to cambridge. I'm studying MML (french and russian).
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    (Original post by polthegael)
    I will be redoing first year (medicine) at Girton (truly bottom of the table - grad colleges don't really count on them because so few people take the undergrad courses there (note that they are all at the bottom near Girton!).
    You are an Irish Medic at Girton, mature student (I infer from your use of "wee")? All of a sudden I'm remembering a nice someone at Girton who showed me the way to the library to take a philosophy test there when I applied after I was wandering around looking for it....that wasn't you was it? Whoever it was had an accent of some sort, said they were a medic, and looked older than an average undergrad...and was wearing some sort of sports/football shirt (?)

    If that was you, and you somehow remember me (doubt it); Indian girl applying to do philosophy, probs looking v. nervous , hi, and thanks for alleviating my fears when I was there, lol! Hi! I don't know how many other Irish/or was it Scottish (?) Medics older than average are at Girton - likelihood is it's you?
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    (Original post by Reema)
    You are an Irish Medic at Girton, mature student (I infer from your use of "wee")? All of a sudden I'm remembering a nice someone at Girton who showed me the way to the library to take a philosophy test there when I applied after I was wandering around looking for it....that wasn't you was it? Whoever it was had an accent of some sort, said they were a medic, and looked older than an average undergrad...and was wearing some sort of sports/football shirt (?)

    If that was you, and you somehow remember me (doubt it); Indian girl applying to do philosophy, probs looking v. nervous , hi, and thanks for alleviating my fears when I was there, lol! Hi! I don't know how many other Irish/or was it Scottish (?) Medics older than average are at Girton - likelihood is it's you?
    It was indeed myself.. I was most probably wearing a yellow Antrim GAA top (only sports jersey type thing I have, and it does betray my Irishness somewhat!). Sorry if I made an idiot of myself like normal! It was mad that day.. I wasn't supposed to be helping out (i.e. I didn't get paid for it and everyone else did! ) but was bored and my friends were doing it so I gave it a go! I think I remember you though my memory isn't quite what it used to be in the days of my touth..

    I do remember one rather large guy (meant euphemistically) waiting to do a test up in the Emily Davies Rooms or whatever you call it and he'd left all his stuff in a car miles away and he only had about ten mins. We ran together to the car, I took his bags and ran on ahead to where he had to go so he didn't get lost. Then I ran downstairs and across college to leave his stuff off minus the pens and stuff he had taken out and sprinted back to give him his key before he had to go in.. Service with a smile - that's what you get at Girton!

    Congratualtions on getting in anyway and I look forward to seeing you next year

    P.S. - I don't know if you remember but I put you in touch with Kate, a fellow medic who is uber sporty and plays two sports for uni and the only reason she doesn't do more is because they wouldn't let her! I hope she filled you in on the football and stuff. I know Girton were supposed to be good, though our men's team - winning the league last year, managed to get relegated this year! :rolleyes:
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    Yay! Thought it might've been you - god the running around sounds crazy (esp. considering the hugeness of Girton, lol). Thanks for the congrats for getting in . I loved the place when I went there anyway - I know exactly what you mean by "service with a smile". Everyone seemed to really do their bit there....

    Will see you next year provided I get my grades (hopefully i will) - thanks for putting me in touch with Kate. Seriously, relegated?! Shame :P!! You men'll have to fight your way back up. Antrim GAA? What's that exactly ?
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    (Original post by Reema)
    Antrim GAA? What's that exactly ?
    Ireland has 32 counties. Each of these (and "county" London and "county" New York) have Gaelic Athletic Association teams which play league and cup games against each other in Gaelic football and hurling. Antrim has a not amazingly nice yellow strip..!
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    and even better, you'll have me drunkenly wandering round at all the bops! what more could you want?!?! :p:
    were you at our bop on thursday?
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    (Original post by Fluffstar)
    Nope, the league tables make no difference unless you care about such things.

    I have freinds at 'higher' colleges than newnham, and in some subjects they say that my supervisors are better then theirs! (Natsci...)

    Its nice if you can go to a college towards the top, but to be honest, if you believe the rumours about christs (which i dont because i hate rumours - is why noone comes to newnham ) you wouldnt want to be at a really academic college anyway!
    Wow are the natsci supervisors good at Newnham? Im glad if they are, because ive got an offer from Newnham for Natsci!

    Though, to be honest I hate the conversation
    "which college is your offer from?"
    "Newnham"
    "the girls college, right? oh...."
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    (Original post by minnime)
    Wow are the natsci supervisors good at Newnham? Im glad if they are, because ive got an offer from Newnham for Natsci!

    Though, to be honest I hate the conversation
    "which college is your offer from?"
    "Newnham"
    "the girls college, right? oh...."
    Ditto for Girton....no one seems enthusiastic about it, even though it's lovely . My friend has an offer from New Hall, and was asked by her (eccentric/v. strange) Slovakian economics teacher what college her offer is from - her response was "are you a lesbian?!". All in front of her economics colleagues... (that's even worse lol!)
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    Does anyone have a link to the college league tables? I'm applying in September, and am finding choosing a college difficult.
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    Write them all out on a piece of paper and stick a pin in it. *nods firmly*
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    What if he gets New Hall or Newnham :-p? He'll have to apply in drag disguise.
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    ignore league tables if you possibly can; they mean very little at the end of the day. for example sidney came very low down last year, but we still came top for history and very high for law, and i have a feeling we'll be much higher overall this year, judging by some of the part II results that have already come out. the same goes for all colleges; you wanna look at where there might be supervisors who specialise in aspects of the course you are most interested in, if anything.
 
 
 
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