I decided to apply to study medicine at Trinity College despite the fact that my school was not renowned for producing Cambridge applicants. I attended a South Wales comprehensive school and, like many similar schools in Wales, the idea of applying to an Oxbridge college was not encouraged or even advertised openly. Suitable careers advice was lacking and the school was poorly organised when handling Cambridge University’s unique application process. However, this should not deter potential Oxbridge students from submitting their application form. The scarceness of Welsh students at Trinity College is due to a lack of applications, as opposed to any discrimination during the selection process.
I am currently still only in my pre-clinical years of the Medical Sciences course, but my experience so far at Cambridge has been a great one. Studying will always be a major part of life at this university but the help provided by the college makes it far more manageable and enjoyable. This college’s facilities are second to none, while the medical science supervisors are exceptional. There is as much diversity among the medical supervisors as there is among the students and I was surprised to find that my Director of Studies was also from a Welsh comprehensive. They ensure that students thrive academically whilst also encouraging participation in extracurricular activities. This ensures that academic success for students at this college can be the norm, rather than the exception, and I have been helped in pushing myself to reach my potential. Trinity College simultaneously caters for many additional interests and activities, resulting in very much a ‘work hard, play hard’ atmosphere at this college, but it does ensure that you can gain as much as possible from your time at university.
Outside of studies, the college is extremely supportive of extra activities. As one of the largest colleges, Trinity is competitive on many fronts. For example, as a member of the Trinity Rugby Union team, I am able to compete in the University’s top division week in, week out. Trinity College holds a similar position for a wide range of sports and hobbies, ensuring exposure to the highest levels of excellence. On top of this, funds and grants are readily available to ensure that opportunities presented to students can be capitalised on. There is even a fund dedicated to the medical sciences that helps students with such activities as elective trips abroad.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Trinity College so far and am grateful that I made the right decision to apply here. And the advantages of an Oxbridge education will not end at graduation, as a Cambridge degree will no doubt open doors for me further down the line in my career!
Trinity, 2008 –
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