Bruce Collie – (Computer Science, 3rd Year)

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FROM: Edinburgh, Scotland
SCHOOL SUBJECTS: Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Computing at Advanced Higher

Why Computer Science?

Science subjects were always my strongest point at school, and having picked up programming as a hobby that I found myself enjoying more and more, computer science was an easy choice to make.

What advice would you give prospective applicants?

Don’t get put off by things you hear about Cambridge – it’s very different to the way it can sometimes be portrayed in the media. All sorts of people end up here and everyone will fit in. Specifically for people looking to apply from Scotland, it’s worth coming here – the fees / distance are more than made up for by the environment you get to be in and the quality of the teaching.

Any specific interview advice?

Relax – your interviewers aren’t trying to catch you out. Mine were really friendly and made me feel totally at ease in the interview which helped with how I solved the problems.

Has Trinity Hall lived up to your expectations?

I came here through the summer pool so I had no prior expectations. I didn’t even know Trinity Hall existed until after I’d got my offer. That said, I can’t imagine a better outcome for me – I love it here.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I play rugby for the college team, squash on a more casual basis, go to the gym, and DJ at Viva (a themed party in college). I’m currently the Webmaster on the JCR committee, and have also been involved in running the annual Trinity Hall June Event.

What’s your favourite thing about Trinity Hall/Cambridge?

I like the size of our year group here – everyone knows everyone else and there’s a really good sense of community.