Dom O’Neill – (Medicine, 2nd Year)
FROM: Sunderland, UK
SCHOOL SUBJECTS: Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Levels, Physics AS and EPQ
After some hospital work experience, I really admired how hard doctors worked to make other people’s’ lives better. I also really liked science in school, so I thought it’s the best of both worlds – I get to work with people and study a scientific subject.
What advice would you give prospective applicants?
Don’t be scared to apply, even if you’re from a state school that does not traditionally apply to Oxbridge. I was the first person to apply for 3 years from my college, so if you never try, you’ll never know!
Any specific interview advice?
Try to relax, and don’t rush into answers – they prefer you to take a little time to think up a coherent answer rather than blurting something out!
Has Trinity Hall lived up to your expectations?
It has blown my expectations out of the water! I had heard it was the ‘friendliest college in Cambridge’, but I just thought that was a thing every college wrote on their prospectuses. Tit Hall is a close-knit community where you get to know everyone and everyone is super friendly.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Hang out with friends, chill in a pub (or occasional club) or watch Netflix – or try and keep up with all of the events Cambridge has to offer! I’m also a first year rep, so I helped out with freshers week this year.
What’s your favourite thing about Trinity Hall/Cambridge?
The people – they’re the best! I thought everyone was going to be extremely posh, and coming from so far north I thought I wouldn’t fit in at all, but everyone finds their place, and no one fits that ‘Cambridge stereotype’ of drinking port and wearing gowns 24/7.