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Lydia Cole

L. ColeI first visited Cambridge for an Open Day at Peterhouse, prompted by their encouragement for applications from my small all-girls school (no-one had applied to Oxbridge for several years). Naively, my first point of call in the city was at Trinity, and after approaching from the Backs, past the vibrant July flowers, beautiful river Cam and magnificent courts, no other college subsequently had a look-in! Although Trinity always has many more applications than space, I thought I would give it a go, having fallen deeply in love with the college. And to my absolute delight, I was offered a place. Since then, everythingís shone that little bit brighter.

For three fantastic years I read Natural Sciences at Trinity. The wonder of the place didnít really fade, even when revising for exams (especially when donuts magically appeared outside the library everyday as the clock struck tea-oíclock). I started off with a diverse mix of subjects in my first year, studying Geology to Physiology, and then gradually specialised in Plant Sciences and Ecology. Every year I was supported by the most inspirational supervisors, who could not have enthused me more, and a very caring community in college, who always made sure I felt comfortable and able to do my best academically.

But study is not and should not be everything. All of my friends at Trinity were involved with exciting activities, alongside their academic commitments. There are so many sports teams and indeed everything you could want within Trinityís great walls that you neednít leave, except to get to the boat house of course! (It is quite difficult to escape rowing at some point!) But you would be missing out if you didnít explore the city, the different colleges and all of the amazing people and uncountable activities they have to offer.

Life beyond Cambridge is proving very exciting. To be a Trinity student is an immensely privileged thing, but being a graduate is perhaps even better. Even after a year away, I still feel closely connected and supported by the college, who extend their very personal care and attention beyond the degree. Nearly £1000 given by the Trinity Projects Trust enabled me to participate in a charity project last summer in Kenya, days after my graduation, and a study grant from the Plant Sciences department funded five months working as a field assistant in New Zealand. I was very lucky to have been given these opportunities from Cambridge and have Trinity to thank for making it possible for me to take them up.

Now I am preparing to start a Biodiversity, Conservation and Management Masters with the enemy (Oxford!), and hope that it will lead to either research or a career in practical conservation. From the start, Trinity made me feel like a cared-for, respected and valuable individual who was capable of achieving important things. You couldnít help but be inspired by the people around you, both close friends and esteemed members of the college, who were always interested in getting to know their students. I look forward now to seeing how everyone develops, and use what they gained at Trinity to compassionately influence their little bit of World. Including myself!

Lydia Cole
Natural Sciences; Plant Ecology
Trinity, 2003-2006
May 2007

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