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Hi TSR,

I need some quick advice on a question. I've narrowed done my college choice to one of two as per the title: Jesus or Trinity. I was wondering which do you guys think is the superior choice? I like the aesthetic, size of Jesus but by contrast Trinity has the prestige and reputation.

Looking for some advice,
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if your only reasoning for Trinity is prestige/reputation i would recommend Jesus
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Both are great choices and it won't really make much difference once you've left.

Trinity seems to be much more competitive and obviously has a bit of a reputation. Jesus as a community (for maths at least) seems less preocupied with exam results, which can be helpful if you're less confident. ("Less preocupied" compared to Trinity I mean, not the world at large.)

By "size" do you mean the college as a whole, or just maths? Jesus has a nice fairly close knit maths community with about 8 students per year, which I'd personally much prefer over Trinity.

Of course, you may well end up pooled (possibly more likely if you apply to Trinity? I haven't checked) so applying to Trinity does not necessarily mean going to Trinity. In that sense you might be better off applying to a college with less applicants and which you know you like (i.e. Jesus).

Honestly I'm not sure which to recommend. I think you've made a very good choice of your top two.
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I think it could be easy to get feelings of inadequacy at Trinity.
You're surrounded by really some of the best mathematicians in your year from around the world.
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if your only reasoning for Trinity is prestige/reputation i would recommend Jesus
prestige is a perfectly legitimate factor to consider. imagine walking in the footsteps of Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr and James Clerk Maxwell?
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prestige is a perfectly legitimate factor to consider. imagine walking in the footsteps of Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr and James Clerk Maxwell?
They probably weren't too concerned about the prestige. It's quite shallow to be honest.
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They probably weren't too concerned about the prestige. It's quite shallow to be honest.
is shallow the right word though? i would say more attracted to the romanticism of the history and heritage of the place tbh
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is shallow the right word though? i would say more attracted to the romanticism of the history and heritage of the place tbh
Shallow in the sense of lacking depth, not superficial.
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Pick where you think you'll feel most comfortable - it's where you'll be living and working for several years - day to day that's probably more important than prestige. Plus, frankly, anyone who thinks less of you for being at Jesus rather than Trinity (or for that matter, any college rather than any other college) can shove off; the maths tripos is the maths tripos whichever college you're at.
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