(Original post by Jess14)
I'm really worried about the level of work......I'm willing to put in a lot of work
Then you probably don't have anything to worry about. If you're willing to put in the work, most people cope just fine.
I don't want to miss out on the normal university experience.
If you want to know what I think, then it's that by going to Cambridge, you wont really be getting a normal university experience, because in my opinion, the Cambridge experience is unique and different in so many wonderful ways. In fact, having experienced the cambridge uni life, and then gone somewhere else on an exchange to experience a different life, I can tell you that I can't wait to get back to Cambridge and start enjoying to formals, and the balls, and the sport and all the other stuff.
If you're anything like me, and the hundreds of others who end up having a great time, then you wont feel like you've missed out on much by going to Cambridge. OK, so the night life isn't as awesome as other places, or the peer pressure to work hard is more pressing, but the other great and marvelous things about Cambridge more than compensate for these.
So what's it really like? It's close to being (if not is) the best years of your life if you ask me.