I studied English Literature at Trinity College between 2000 and 2003. After finishing my degree I studied the Graduate Diploma in Law at York and I am currently completing the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. I regard my time at Trinity as instrumental in widening my perspective of the world in a way that only an environment as diverse as Trinity could.
I attended a Catholic girls’ school in Northern Ireland with limited experience of sending students to Oxbridge. My decision to apply to Cambridge was entirely personal and motivated by a desire to study English Literature in the best university in the country. However, I seemed to be surrounded by people full of strong and varied opinions concerning my application! Stereotype and myth were palpable when my application was discussed, especially the image of Cambridge being the popular place for privately educated students. However, I had tremendous support and belief from my family, friends and teachers, who reinforced my conviction that if I wanted to study English Literature at Trinity, it was just a matter of believing in myself and it would happen.
Trinity is a large college but one that has maintained a strong collegiate atmosphere. From day one you feel an integral part of a larger community of undergraduates, postgraduates, teaching staff, porters and bedders – all of whom come together to provide a dynamic and unique student experience. I found the myth of Trinity as dominated by students from the private sector to be completely unfounded. Of course those students have a strong presence but so do students from the state system and international students. It is the diversity of the undergraduate community that attracted me to Trinity and sets it aside from other colleges.
I have a vast pool of wonderful memories from my three years at Trinity: supervisions that challenged me and encouraged me to think independently, late night chats in our kitchen in the Wolfson Building, organising brunches as part of the Women of Trinity Committee, three fun-filled May Balls, the Trinity College Music Society concerts in May Week and finally, graduation – all these experiences shared and enhanced by wonderful friends who remain some of the most important people in my life today.
Applying to study at Trinity should be a personal decision that you make because it is right for you and not because it is what others think is right. There are hundreds of reasons why it is a magical and wonderful place to study – the highest standard of teaching, inspirational people, an established support system and all in the most beautiful of settings. If this appeals to you and you believe in your academic ability, the decision will be an easy one and you can look forward to a remarkable undergraduate experience.