Hello. One thing that really hit home in my interview was that most people in my group were "upper class" wereas i am completly working class and damn proud to be couse.
I suppose I am asking weather there seems to be a segragation of class within friendship groups, or weather state students fit is just as well.
Nothing against the people in my group they did seem nice but I cant help but wounder.
don't worry. posh people are just as scared of scousers as scousers are of them.
don't worry. posh people are just as scared of scousers as scousers are of them. oh and cambridge is like the 3rd best uni to be GBLT in.
Whether you fit in or not here has nothing to do with your class. Its whether you are a **** or not
I didn't get that vibe at all when I went down for my interview.
I go to a state school and I don't live in a particularly affluent area (I certainly do not consider myself working class - possibly lower middle if I had to define myself) and I didn't feel looked down upon or out of place. If you have the ability then I'm sure that's all that matters.
Quite the contrary I feel - when I went down for an interview there weren't NEARLY enough toffs like myself.
I like the fact you're pretending to be a toff Gravastar, because you really are a snobby *******. Racist too.
I found myself equal, there was no clear definition between middle upper and working class in the meeting room. just a nice cambridge social soup. It was nice to meet some people from the other part of the country for a change. Northern accents surely only existed in coronation street before.
Being a filthy southerner myself I took some time out to talk to the people from up North. They were much friendlier than us inward-looking, socially inept miserable lot, but somehow not as cool (hate that word - but its the only one I can think of using...).
For some reason all the Southerners appeared to be applying for SPS and all the Notherners were a science of some form. Strange...
They actually say "t'internet" and stuff like that as well. Hilarious. I'll be sure to go down the pub with the Nothern lot when/if I get in.
The answer to this question is entirely based on what college you go to. In friendy colleges you'll fit in no matter what because they're...you've guessed it; friendly. In big 'posh' (for want of a better word) ones you possibly won't.
It also depends on which circles you wish to move in. If you're friends with people who have similar backgrounds and interests to you then you'll fit in fine- if you intend to spend your days at Cambridge loitering outside the Pitt Club and trying to shag posh Hawks in Cindies *cough cough* then you possibly won't.
Cambridge seems to me to be a very big boarding school where the pretty girls and sporty guys are popular and those of us who aren't, are not permitted to speak to them or look in their general direction (I'm talking about Trinity here btw, somewhere like Clare is entirely different). People in Cambridge like to reconstruct their old school environments by establishing single sex societies so that they can meet up with single sex societies of the opposite gender and everything will be just like the discos/socials they went to at boarding school. Cambridge is very different to other universities. I find it to be one huge networking social that I try desperately to compete in but without success as I don't have the public school background.
I daresay you'll have a different experience to me, and as I said it depends who you want to fit in with and which college you're at. But by and large being a kid from a crappy comprehensive doesn't make the Cambridge transition overly easy.
Hope that helps and makes some kind of sense.