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Hi! I'm a second year student studying English at Christ's College, Cambridge. Feel free to ask anything about the application process, the collegiate system, societies, workload, socialising and/or whatever else you can think of!

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What are your GCSEs?
Why English? Why Cambridge and not Oxford? What do you plan to do after your course?
How many other people from your school went to Cambridge or Oxford?
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Original post by summerbirdreads
What are your GCSEs?


I achieved 10 A*s:
- English Literature - 9 (I also won an award from Dundee University for top marks in the South East)
- English Language - 9
- Maths - 9
- Biology - 9
- Physics - 9
- Chemistry - 8 (two marks off a 9)
- History - 9
- Geography - 9
- Religious Studies - 9
- Art - 9 (full marks)
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Original post by black tea
How many other people from your school went to Cambridge or Oxford?

I was one of 26 in my yeargroup- 13 went to each
Original post by skittish
I was one of 26 in my yeargroup- 13 went to each

what kind of school did you go to?
did you go to Brampton or something lmaooo
what texts are you studying?
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Original post by Throwaway48
Why English? Why Cambridge and not Oxford? What do you plan to do after your course?

I have always liked English and always got good grades in it so it just made sense. Although I'm not the biggest fan of writing essay, I enjoy reading and love discussing books and literary theory, so I knew I'd enjoy supervisions.

I chose Cambridge over Oxford partly because of the course (Practical Criticism and Critical Practice is right up my street) and also because I prefer the place.

I'm not entirely sure what I want to do after my degree but I'm considering doing a History of Art Masters, potentially at Oxford. In the future I could see myself being an editor, a teacher or a museum curator (art or history, I'm not sure).
What college are you at?
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Original post by black tea
what kind of school did you go to?

I went to a private school but I had a significant scholarship and other financial help
How did you find studying online last year, did Cambridge do a good job?
Oh also, what are the least popular colleges in Cambridge/do students have views on other colleges?
What's the best thing about studying at Cambridge?
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Original post by englishhopeful98
what texts are you studying?

I'm currently doing the modern paper (paper 7b) which goes from 1870 until present day. This week we're learning about Virginia Woolf (we usually have 3-5 texts per week which could be novels, poems, plays etc and then we have to read critical essays on top of that). So far this term I've read Middlemarch, Far from the Madding Crowd, Salome, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Portrait of a Lady, The Weary Blues, The Waste Land and Tender Buttons among other things!

As a second year, I'm also doing a dissertation. Mine is about the representation of animals in Bestiaries and Beast Fables, focussing on the Medieval period (roughly 1300-1500). I haven't chosen all of my texts yet but I'll probably be looking at Reynard the Fox.

We also have Practical Criticism and Critical Practice every week. This usually involves reading two short extracts (usually poems or excerpts from novels or plays) and then responding to them in light of a critical extract. I just studied Thing Theory which is really complicated but so interesting! This week we're moving on to look at ecocriticism.
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Original post by flaurie
How did you find studying online last year, did Cambridge do a good job?


I found it really tough, although the uni did a lot to help us. It's so much easier to focus in in-person lectures and supervisions and they're a lot more enjoyable this year. I think the main thing I'd criticise about last year was how different different colleges and subjects handled things- some people had a lot more in-person teaching than others which sometimes felt a little unfair but I know it was a difficult situation to navigate.
Original post by skittish
I'm currently doing the modern paper (paper 7b) which goes from 1870 until present day. This week we're learning about Virginia Woolf (we usually have 3-5 texts per week which could be novels, poems, plays etc and then we have to read critical essays on top of that). So far this term I've read Middlemarch, Far from the Madding Crowd, Salome, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Portrait of a Lady, The Weary Blues, The Waste Land and Tender Buttons among other things!

As a second year, I'm also doing a dissertation. Mine is about the representation of animals in Bestiaries and Beast Fables, focussing on the Medieval period (roughly 1300-1500). I haven't chosen all of my texts yet but I'll probably be looking at Reynard the Fox.

We also have Practical Criticism and Critical Practice every week. This usually involves reading two short extracts (usually poems or excerpts from novels or plays) and then responding to them in light of a critical extract. I just studied Thing Theory which is really complicated but so interesting! This week we're moving on to look at ecocriticism.

oh i did The Picture of Dorian Gray for a level
i wanted to apply for the course you are on now but if i did an access course nobody seems to know if they accept them or not :frown:
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Original post by VeryAverage
Oh also, what are the least popular colleges in Cambridge/do students have views on other colleges?

Every college has a lot of stereotypes! I wouldn't say any are particularly more or less popular overall, but they have good and bad reputations for different things. For example, everyone makes fun of Girton for being so far away, Trinity for having strict porters and Wolfson students for being old (it's a mature college) but they all have positives too! Girton being so far away means it has loads of space, Trinity is really beautiful and Wolfson has lovely gardens, ovens (most colleges don't) and a great community. There's a lot of friendly rivalry but it's mostly not serious.
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Original post by VeryAverage
What college are you at?


I'm at Christ's College!

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