Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Medicine

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (11 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Prestige, quality of education, beautiful surroundings to live and work in, inspiration from thinking of all the alumni who have walked these streets.

Cambridge for some reason always appealed more. Also, I had visited both before applying and liked Cambridge better.

Largest college (size matters). Very impressive, beautiful buildings. Rich (although I didn’t know this at the time…).

Preparation

yes

Help filling in application form. Also a mock interview was organised.

Know some physics and chemistry, at least for Trinity applications. Everybody I asked of the people here had had physics questions posed at the interview; mostly simple stuff about density, but with quirky twists sometimes. Try to practise abstract/lateral thinking…

Interview

no

no

no

I had one interview, which lasted about 45 minutes. There were two interviewers; one would be posing/discussing a question with you, the other taking notes. It was meant to be academic, with a chance at the end to ask questions/talk about general stuff.

Two “big” questions, one by each of the interviewers, which I had to discuss with the interviewer. First: “You have a glass of water with some ice floating in it. The ice melts. What happens to the water level; does it go up, down or stay the same? Why?” The second question is really long to explain and requires a diagram and a proper explanation by the interviewer. I dealt with some experimental findings on nerve regeneration.

Trouser suit with pink blouse. Was going for confident-yet-feminine woman image.

Impressions

Trinity seemed to be the most beautiful and impressive college. Some others had really nice aspects, often very beautiful too, but Trinity won for me at the end, lthough I did initially have a tough time choosing from my college “shortlist”.

Rooms vary enormously, but are seemingly bigger and better than at other universities; speaking from personal experience, since I have seen rooms in Nottingham, London, Leicester and some others. Some is in new halls, some in medieval buildings. All rooms (I think) will have a wash basin, some have fridges, all have access to cooking facilities that are half decent. Showers and baths generally shared between 5 or so people, but there are also en-suite rooms. At Trinity, college accommodation is guaranteed for the entire duration of your course, and is among the cheapest in Cambridge.

Good. I don’t eat in hall (except the social gatherings that are formal halls) as I like cooking and cater for myself.

Generally very helpful, some really go out of their way to assist you.

Didn’t see any at the time of my interview, but now I’m here, we are great!

Final stage

My parents displayed more joy than I, as I immediately looked to the next hurdle, which was actually GETTING IN. As I saw it, I had to get the required A-level results before I could seriously relax and be happy about it.

Looking back

Definitely. It was a wonderful (yes, surprisingly…) though stressful experience. Especially walking around Cambridge and getting into all the colleges by saying I was a prospective student… It was good to feel even a half-part of it all at the time of applications.

Go for it!