VetCam 2006 Watch
I didn't really consider Cambridge much when I started doing work experience and thinking of applying so I did the most I could- luckily prepared for the 10weeks minimum Liverpool asked for!
4 weeks small animal (a week at 4 different practices)
1 week large animal vet (mostly equine)
1 week dairy farm
3 weeks lambing (total over 3 easter holidays over 3 years)
1 week pig farm
1 week doing odd days helping out at a riding stables
1 week Veterinary Laboratory
1 week Zoo
+ Vetsix but not vetsim
Sorry to bore you there- yep Clare is pretty I only really got chance to look there and one other place I can't even remember on the open day so thought I'd chose Clare + not do an open application for fear of ending up in a girl's college!
Despite its prettiness I just don't think I could live for 6 years in Cambridge, it's even more of a 'bubble' environment that Stratford-on-avon (my local town) and am aching for a bit of real life, not necessarily clubbing every night but equally not somewhere they charge you £300 to go to a ball!
Was really surprised to get in though- they must have been impressed I had the balls to take a lot of guesses in the interview, even though I was seldom right! Maybe not going to the conference gave me a bit of an advantage because I'm not a very 'Cambridge' person, unprepared and relying on my wits!
Fell in love with Edinburgh but they didn't want me
Where have you chosen? What college did you apply to?
Anyway, my work experience was enough for Bristol to give me an offer and Cambridge, where most people who got offers had a lot less work experience than me!
As for choosing a college, you could check out statistics... most people who go to Cambridge claim this nonsense but because for vet medicine they have strict quotas on the no. of ppl they can take per college (this is the only subject for which this happens I believe as medicine quotas are shared between groups of colleges) and the statistics do show that year after year some colleges are much more competitive than others.
However the pool system does claim that it eliminates statistics between colleges, so maybe thats rubbish. I just didn't like the idea of applying to a college where I'd be the only vet student in my year!
That said if you really want to apply for a certain college, and that is definately your favourite, go for it, as you'd only regret it otherwise. My advice would be to look around as many colleges as possible, all over Cambridge. The colleges I thought of applying to before I looked round I hated, and I ended up applying to the last college I looked at on the open day, which I had't really considered before. Good luck with applying, work experience doesn't seem very important at Cambridge tbh, what does seem important is AS grades and marks, and high BMAT scores, so work hard.
Wow that was a long post. (edit: for me anyway!)