Joseph Whiting – (Maths, 2nd Year)


FROM: West Norfolk
SCHOOL SUBJECTS: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Economics

Why Maths?

I chose maths because I really enjoy just sitting and thinking about it. There aren’t many things I like better than to relax and ponder an interesting maths problem. I also like how it offers a very broad choice of careers.

What advice would you give prospective applicants?

I would advise starting to look at STEP questions nice and early, and to see if there are any STEP courses or help schemes. Don’t be put off by how difficult it is: it’s meant to be that way.

Any specific interview advice?

In my experience the interview was an enjoyable process, and I think the key is to let go of the idea that you should get all the questions right. The interviewers aren’t really interested in how long it takes before you get stuck – they’re interested in what you do about that. Also don’t hesitate to ask them questions about anything they show you, it shows interest and insight.

Has Trinity Hall lived up to your expectations?

I basically applied to Trinity Hall after visiting other colleges that I didn’t like that much. I think I made a brilliant choice – I can’t really believe how lucky I got. It’s a college that really looks after their students, with an effective JCR (which makes a big difference).

What do you do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working I row for the college boat club. Rowing is very accessible at Cambridge even if (like me) you have no experience before arriving.

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

My favourite thing about Trinity Hall is the friendly atmosphere amongst the students and staff: it’s a very welcoming place.