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So far I have an A* in Maths and Physics A-Level and I am about to study Further Maths (studied A-Levels over 3 years due to brain tumour removal). I am considering applying to study engineering at Cambridge, although I have just learnt I’d need to pass the ENGAA.. What is uni life like at Cambridge? I’ve heard things about 6 day weeks and students being depressed and doing drugs.. is this true? I’m concerned I’m not hard-working or smart enough to cope there.
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I’ve heard things about 6 day weeks
NatSci has lectures on Saturday mornings - I'm not sure about Engineering. Regardless of that, you'd probably need to do a bit of work on most Saturdays, so yes - a six-day working week is normal (probably more like five-and-a-half)

and students being depressed
Students are depressed everywhere, it seems. There's nothing particular about Cambridge which makes students depressed - but if you weren't keeping up with the work it could make you feel pretty miserable.

and doing drugs..
A certain number of students 'do drugs' at every university. Again, I don't think there's anything particularly 'stand-out'y about Cambridge in this regard.

I’m concerned I’m not hard-working or smart enough to cope there.
You do need to be prepared to work hard - very hard in fact. Cambridge isn't easy, as you'd expect, and if you want an easy life then it's the wrong university for you. You need to decide on what you want to get out of university, and what Cambridge realistically offers. It might not be for you - it isn't for everyone, and that's not a bad thing.
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Thanks for your advice!
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