Are there any mature students here who are at a Cambridge college which isn't a mature college?
I'm having doubts about going to a mature college; a lot of these seems to tailored towards graduate students, so I can't help but feel I would be better off at an undergraduate only college. Also I wouldn't really call myself 'mature' since I'm only in my early 20s.
On the other hand, I'm not familiar with what its like at an undergraduate college - surely not all undergraduates engage in alcohol-fuelled antics etc? That would be a bit of a generalisation, but I have heard worrying things about what goes on at undergraduate colleges...I don't really want to go out and get drunk (I don't even drink alcohol), but I don't want to seem like the odd one out or like I'm putting my nose up to the other students. The last thing I want is to be a loner just because I'm a few years older and don't drink.
I have my reasons for wanting to go to an undergraduate college - they perform better in exams, the undergraduate teaching is better, they are nearer to the centre of Cambridge. I can't help but feel I will get more out of studying at one of these colleges.
Are any of you a a mature student at Cambridge at a non-mature college, in particular Gonville & Caius? If so, please share your experiences.