Jacob Sen – (Veterinary Medicine, 3rd Year)


FROM: Basingstoke
SCHOOL SUBJECTS: AS Physics + Philosophy, A Level Maths + Biology + Chemistry + EPQ

Why Veterinary Medicine?

I love Veterinary Medicine because I love animals (yawn). But it’s not just about that. The science behind the biology of animals and how they’ve adapted to each environment (or how we have selectively bred them) is so much more than what doctors get to learn. That’s especially true at Cambridge, which is the most science-based course in the country.

What advice would you give prospective applicants?

Whilst Cambridge doesn’t want lots of work experience, I think it’s best to do quite a bit. It gives you a real sense of what the job is like, and you end up doing a lot of stuff in your holidays. That way you can tell if you’d actually enjoy it! Plus, it gives you a good chance to read up on some cool surgery or farm experiences… which looks great in your personal statement and gives you stuff to talk about at interview.

Any specific interview advice?

Expect the unexpected! They can ask you a variety of questions and be open to challenge and being put through your paces. But don’t panic! They won’t just look at your interview when deciding admissions – they look at the whole picture.

Has Trinity Hall lived up to your expectations?

Tit Hall has lived up to and beyond expectations. The small college lifestyle means that we can all support each other and you get a wide circle of friends.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I’m the Male Welfare Officer on the JCR and do a lot of stuff for that. I also play the flute and like going out (…maybe a bit too much!).

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

The people!