Applying to Cambridge can be a daunting experience, especially if you come from a school with little history of sending pupils to Oxbridge. In fact, I was so convinced that I didnít stand a chance that I kept my application a secret. I just couldnít envisage "Kayley Thomas, Valleys' Comprehensive School" sitting easily alongside prestigious alumni such as Isaac Newton, Byron and HRH Prince of Wales.
The first time that I visited Cambridge was for the day of my interview Ė four extremely long hours by car and I was a complete bag of nerves. But as soon as I walked into Great Court, I knew that this was where I wanted to be. My interview, and first real taste of things to come, was like having an in depth chat with a good friend. I almost forgot that I was being interviewed!
Even though Trinity is a large college, you still get that sense of community. Standing for Access Officer on the college Students Union (TCSU) gave me the opportunity to get to know everyone in college, not just students but staff too. I still try to encourage underrepresented students to apply to Cambridge, giving talks in secondary schools and attending conferences.
Trinity has a fantastic support system in place for students. If itís financial worries that are getting you down, problems with your subject or the fact that your kitchen doesnít have a microwave, thereís always someone on hand to help you out.
Some of my best memories are in Trinity, from flat sharing in Bridge Street to attending my first May Ball, late nights spent organising Freshersí Week and early mornings slaving over a hot computer. Some of the best people too, including the Porters, my tutors, and some of my closest friends. I believe that the time I spent at Trinity really moulded me as an individual and gave me the drive to get me where I am today. Iíve just completed a yearís Postgraduate study as a broadcast journalist at Cardiff University (Centre for Journalism Studies).
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