I am applying to read English at Cambridge for 2013 entry. I considered making an open application, as there were so many colleges that I'd love to attend (and to be honest, I think I'd be happy at any of them) but in the end, I ultimately thought I'd like to choose a particular college (even though, even if I did get in, there is a chance that it wouldn't be at that college due to the winter pool). I've done a lot of research and narrowed it down to two:
Girton and Sidney Sussex.
I loved both equally. They both shone with such a different quirky atmosphere in comparison to the other colleges. The English professors I met at both were such interesting individuals. I cannot decide at all between the two. Of course, they both had their pros and cons.
Sidney Sussex was right in the centre of town, which in a way was perfect but the busyness of it all seemed a little daunting. It seemed a lot more formal in comparison to Girton. However, it was beautiful and not too big. It had some amazing history, and I loved the little quirky stories like "Did you know Oliver Cromwell's head is over there?"
Girton on the other hand, is very far out. This, again is something that will either be perfect or not for me. Living quite far out is rather daunting as I would have to cycle into town for my lectures and as someone who was hit by a car only two years a go that seems a little scary. However, it also meant (and I saw it myself) that there is such a close community at Girton, which is great if you're involved in the close community, but if you're more friendlier with people from other colleges then it might be rather annoying. I loved the whole women's history of Girton and that was something that really attracted me to it. The lecturers at Girton were great, they seemed so connected with their students (and boy were they funny!) The buildings were beautiful and the people I met at the open were so helpful and nice.