Alice Tilley – (Geography, 1st Year)
FROM: Exeter, Devon
SCHOOL SUBJECTS: Biology, Maths, Geography
I do Geography and I chose it because the world is a big old interesting place and I want to know more about it. The broadness of the course from physical to human means you’re always kept on your toes, and I’ve always loved a good map.
What advice would you give prospective students?
Just give it a go and apply, you’ll never know if you don’t try. There’s a real mix of people here so there’ll always be someone who is on the same wave-length as you. If you love your subject and know you could pursue it for three years, then go for it! You’ll discover things within your subject that you don’t even know you don’t know.
Any specific interview advice?
Interviews are only scary if you want them to be. Relax, know your stuff, and be prepared to think on your feet. That’s what you’ll be expected to do if you get a place, so it’s a bit like a dress rehearsal. The interviewers are trying to see if you work in a way that suits the supervision model of teaching, but equally you are figuring out if this way of learning suits you as well, it’s a two way process.
Has Trinity Hall lived up to your expectations?
What I wanted from college was a sense of community and belonging, and Tit Hall was just that. It’s a small place and a small year group, so you get to know people fairly quickly, there’s always someone around who will help you out. However I didn’t get the lie ins I was expecting from an arts degree.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I’ve started rowing and am really enjoying it at the minute, being an arts student it actually gets me up at a decent time in the morning. Tea and chatting to your neighbours happens daily, and I also do some Ballroom dancing once a week which is a great way to meet people who aren’t in your college.
What’s your favourite thing about Trinity Hall/Cambridge?
Waffles at the market stall after you finish an essay. And also Sunday Brunch. Just food in general.