Meet your mentors (22nd July – 4th August 2018)

We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Cambridge Immerse. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of. You will be able to book appointments / consultations with the mentors during your programme, please book these at https://cambridgeimmerse.appointlet.com (appointment bookings for the Session Two mentors will be available from 22nd July 2018).

Programme Director

Thomas

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University

Thomas has an extensive academic history and is a two times published author. Having studied at both Oxford and Cambridge, he then  went on to achieve an MA in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver and a B.Ed from The University of British Columbia. Currently he is a Fellow at Royal Society of Arts.

Thomas has an impressive work history having previously had roles within the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office and The American Interest for Walter Russell Mead. When Thomas is not working he enjoys The American Interest for Walter Russell Mead.

Law & Management Mentor

Hepsi

Gonville and Caius, Cambridge University

I’m Hephzibah (Hepsi). I am one of the programme managers, in charge of the fun activities you’ll be taking part in. I just finished studying Law at Gonville and Caius College and I’m going into my fourth year studying Management at the Judge Business School in Cambridge. I play college netball and university athletics. I was the social secretary of the university’s athletics club and will be women’s captain next year. I am and will have been the access officer of my college for two years running. I was also the law president and secretary of my college’s law society.

English Literature Mentor

Eliza

Gonville and Caius, Cambridge University

I’m Eliza, and I’m at the end of my first year studying English Literature at Gonville and Caius. Although the course has been challenging, it is really rewarding; I have enjoyed developing new ways of thinking and analysis and learning how to apply them to all types of literature. In my spare time I am on the University Dance Team for tap, contemporary and ballet. This is so much fun; meeting for classes and rehearsals each week and competing against other unis, has given me so many new friends and it is the perfect break from work! I also enjoy playing the piano, playing netball and going to see student theatre! I am the freshers’ rep for Caius, so I represent my year and am the contact point for prospective students; I will be running freshers’ week for the next intake! Having a role on the JCR is a great way to become really involved in college life, and it’s interesting seeing, and having a say in, the college and the uni ‘behind the scenes’. My favourite part of my first year so far has been relaxing with my friends on sunny days and evenings, on the grass or by the river; Cambridge is really beautiful when the sun shines!

Law Mentor

Shefali

Gonville and Caius, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Shefali! I’m a second-year law student at Gonville and Caius College. This year, I take five papers which range from exploring the depths of family law to discussing theories and opinion regarding the penal system. Studying at Cambridge is a great way to exploit so many opportunities from getting involved in societies to attending talks. In my first year I was the Publicity Officer for the Gonville and Caius Students’ Union where I managed social media, sent out a weekly newsletter and, organised University Challenge trials. In this past year, I have been college rep for Pink Week which raises awareness and money for breast cancer, in addition to a Publicity Co-ordinator for Cambridge RAG (Raising and Giving), a university-wide charity organisation publicising events such as blind dates, auctions and club nights. Some of my favourite things include napping (I nap a lot), travelling, hosting quizzes, telling dad jokes and a good Netflix binge! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer!

English Literature Mentor

Reiss

Gonville and Caius, Cambridge University

Hey! My name’s Reiss and I am a second year student at Gonville & Caius College. I study English Literature and recently completed a dissertation discussing whether or not the digital platform liberates or restricts creative control in literature. In my time at Cambridge I’ve loved getting involved in lots of stuff and have done a lot of exciting work as the previous Freshers’ Representative and now President of my college. I am also the current Vice President of the University Pakistan Society and have been involved in great projects such as the 2018 University Charity Fashion Show, so I like to think I can offer some advice on the breadth and width of potential this University has for students from all walks of life! If you want to know anything at all, do not hesitate at all to get in touch with me on the course!

Mathematics Mentor

Leonardo

Downing, Cambridge University

Hey all! I’m Leo, and I’ll be your mentor for the school. I’ve just finished my fourth year studying mathematics, specialising in Fluid Dynamics. I’ve had a rollercoaster time in Cambridge and I’ll love to tell you about it! I’m at Downing, a mid-sized college with large green spaces a strong sporting community. It’s close to the city centre but off the tourist trail, and on a street full of restaurants. I do university gymnastics and trampoline, representing both in the annual Varsity competition against Oxford, which we won this year! I organised acrobatic performances at May Balls (fancy parties that happen at the end of exams), which I never did before but found an amazing experience. I also tried rowing, netball, basketball and boxing, so you could say I’ve gotten the most out of Cambridge! My favourite thing about Cambridge is the post-exam period where you get to relax with your mates and take in the beautiful city. It’s a whole different world once your studies have finished. Feel free to ask me anything about uni life. From studying, to sports, to what you can do in the City, I’ll be sure to help you out!

Natural Sciences Mentor

Henry

Downing College, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Henry and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to Cambridge this summer. I’m just finishing my second year here studying natural sciences, having specialised into Physics this year. I’m at Churchill College which is one of the so called ‘hill colleges’, a collection of three colleges located a short walk outside the busy city centre. My college has a strong focus on the sciences admitting 70% scientists and 30% artists. This along with the near location to the science departments at West Cambridge make it a great college for science subjects, but we also have a lot of arts students too. I feel the friendly, more relaxed atmosphere we get by living slightly outside the city centre makes it a really lovely place to live and study. Studying is of course very intense here in Cambridge, however my experience of the course has been very good and has made me only more interested in my subject. Outside of the academics there’s so much you can do here too. During my time I’ve rowed and played rugby for my college which is a lot of fun especially getting to compete against other colleges. Cambridge is a beautiful town especially in the summer and I’m excited to show you everything it has to offer soon!

Law Mentor

Wali

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hi everyone! I moved to England from Malawi in 2014 to study Law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. I spent my third year studying abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands under the Erasmus exchange programme and will be returning to Cambridge in October for my final year. My favourite area of law is probably international law because it transcends national boundaries so feels most relevant to me as an international student. I am particularly interested in the intersection between international law and international development so my dream is to work in a global organisation that deals with this connection- UN here I come! While on my year abroad, I had a waitressing job that took up some of my free time outside university. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy quiet down time reading at home but also going out with friends and socialising. A recent hobby of mine is running, which I took up this year. In late March, I participated in a 5k race that was part of Utrecht Science Park Marathon 2017. My goal is to run a full marathon one day (baby steps)!

PBS Mentor

Alison

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hi! My name is Alison and I graduated from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 2018 with a degree in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS). I originally applied to Cambridge for HSPS, but switched to PBS in my second year. I love singing, having been a member of the CU Show Choir for two years which I absolutely loved – think Glee/Pitch Perfect acapella! I am also a massive foodie, dog lover, Friends binge-watcher and avid traveller. I intend to start law school in October, having sold my soul to the corporate world. Feel free to ask me any questions!

Philosophy Mentor

Joe

St John’s, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Joe, I study Philosophy and I’m in my third and final year at St. John’s College. I come from a small town in the Midlands, called Warwick, which has a great castle to visit if you’re ever passing through. I am hoping to continue my studies next year with a Philosophy Masters in Germany, although I don’t speak a single word of German. I enjoy hiking and have been fortunate enough in previous years to have had a trek around the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal funded by the college. This summer I hope to receive funding to trek the length of Corsica before I begin as an Immerse mentor! Over my years at the University I have played in the Cuppers rugby tournament for my college and captained the University MMA team. As an avid snowboarder, I have also worked as a college rep for the University ski trip.

Architecture Mentor

Benjamin

Homerton, Cambridge University

I am a postgraduate student reading architecture at Homerton College. Although my research interests are in rural buildings and greenspace design, I’ve always been astounded by the beauty of Cambridge and the seamless blend between historic buildings and open spaces, and since 2017 I’ve had the pleasure to study here. I recently completed my RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Part I placement working for Sir Terry Farrell, in which I worked on numerous masterplans including the environmental vision for Gatwick Airport, Albert Island, the London National Park City and many architectural developments in Central London. Amongst other things in 2016, RIBA awarded me the RIBA Degree Branch Prize, and a nomination for the RIBA Bronze President’s Medal, following the completion of my BA in another historic English city, Canterbury. I’m very passionate about the environment and love being outdoors hiking, drawing, painting, camping, running, and punting, but perhaps most of all, venturing round the local Cambridge cafes in search of the most delicious cake. I very much look forward to meeting this year’s students and showing them the inside awes of Cambridge.

Architecture Mentor

Carolyn

Queens’ College, Cambridge University

I’m a graduate student studying Architecture at Queens’ College. I previously studied undergraduate Architecture at the University of Bath, which is another beautiful historic city. Cambridge is one of the two oldest universities in the world (we won’t mention the oldest) and Queens’ is one of the most historic colleges. Although Queens’ wasn’t the first college in Cambridge, it does have the oldest building: most other colleges were rebuilt over the centuries, but Queens’ Old Court remains as it was originally built in 1448. I’m studying the city of Venice, in Italy, for my masters degree at Cambridge. Aside from being one of the most iconic cities in the world, Venice is one of the few global cities that is not planned around the car, making it a fascinating prototype for the way that we live in cities today. I love learning about history and design and I’m passionate about understanding the way we view our landscapes, cities, and buildings. I’m so excited to show people around this awesome city! You haven’t lived until you’ve tried an English cream tea and you can’t beat a sunny afternoon punting along the Cam.

Law Mentor

Sophie

St John’s College, Cambridge University

I’ve just completed a Law degree at St. John’s College, after matriculating in 2015, and graduated at the end of July. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cambridge and had an amazing experience studying law. I’m going on to do the Legal Practice Course in London, and will then be doing a training contract at a City law firm to qualify as a lawyer. I love reading (anything and everything, especially fashion, history or arts related), socialising with friends, and spending time with my little dog Bella. During my time at Cambridge I was on a mixed netball team, helped edit a student newspaper, and progressed from a helper in the Cambridge University Law Society to the Vice-President by my third and final year; so I definitely enjoy getting involved in many different things!

Medicine Mentor

Emma

Robinson College, Cambridge University

Hi! I’m Emma studying Medicine at Robinson college and I hope I can help you get the most out of this fantastic course. A bit about myself – I love kayaking, Marvel, cats and chocolate. Medicine is an intense course, but incredibly academically stimulating and rewarding. Despite this I still make time to indulge in hobbies – I play netball, go to various exciting talks, and maintain a science related blog. I love trying new activities, of which learning to skydive is one. Unlike most at Cambridge I took a gap year before starting the course, during which I worked as a private tutor for GCSE and A level sciences and travelled around Europe to relax before undertaking the next 6 years of studying. I am super friendly and approachable, so if you have any questions about university life at Cambridge, the medicine course or any other burning curiosities then ask away!

Medicine Mentor

Maddi

Downing College, Cambridge University

Hi, my name is Maddi and I study Medicine at Downing College. I wanted to do medicine from the age of 8, and was very excited to come to Cambridge. I’m now in my second year and I am really enjoying it! When I was at school, I did a lot of ballet dancing and played rugby. At university, I do ballroom and latin dance as part of the University team, which takes up most of my time, but I also occasionally play college level netball and lacrosse. In first year I also rowed for Downing. One of my favourite things to do in Cambridge is go on walks by the river or one of the many parks. I also enjoy trying new places to eat and visiting my friends’ colleges. I am really excited to meet you and to help you get to know Cambridge life, and to show you around this lovely city!

Physical Natural Sciences Mentor

James

Downing College, Cambridge University

Hi Everyone, I’m James and I study Physical Natural Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge. I also have a interest in a wide variety of other activities including; rugby, football, tennis, cricket, drama and music. I believe that Cambridge is a great place to study, offering some of the best education in the world along with a great student lifestyle. If you have any questions regarding applications or life at Cambridge, do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to meeting you all soon. Best wishes, James

Theology & Philosophy Mentor

Maia

Newnham College, Cambridge University

Hello and welcome to Cambridge! I have just completed my second year of studying Theology, Philosophy and Religion at Newnham college, an all-girls college famous for its beautiful gardens. While at Cambridge I have gotten involved in various extra-curricular activities, including playing for my college’s lacrosse team on the weekends. I have also done the stage design for two student plays in the University theatre and am a blog writer for Newnham College Feminist Society. I took a gap year before university to travel and applied for university post-A level. I hope you enjoy your time here in Cambridge with us and that you get a sense of student life at the University!

Human, Social and Political Sciences Mentor

Nwla

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hello! I’m Nwla, and I study Biological Anthropology (HSPS) at Gonville & Caius College. I’m in my third year now but am planning on continuing at Cambridge to do a fourth year in Management. I’m so excited to have been selected as a mentor and I can’t wait for you to experience the Cambridge I know and love. Get ready for beautiful buildings, punting and some solid hard work! Some of my favourite things include running, swimming in the sea and reading (for fun, not for study!). I take part in lots of charity work at university, having climbed Kilimanjaro last year for school farming projects last year. I can’t wait for a summer of fun at Immerse!

Geography Mentor

Dan

Downing College, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Dan! I’m a first year Geographer at Downing College. I have a strong preference for Physical Geography, but I am very interested in the Human side too. I really enjoy acting, climbing and running, which is lucky because Downing is situated in (what I believe to be) the best part of Cambridge, so I am able to go for a run in the countryside in a matter of minutes! I love taking part in the weekly quiz, which we hold in the Downing JCR every Monday, it’s always a good finish to a day’s work and nice way to hang out with friends. On top of this, I play for the Downing Mixed Lacrosse Team every Sunday, which is really relaxed and enjoyable and gets you up on a Sunday morning! I really enjoy spending time in Cambridge and in Downing in particular. It’s a beautiful city, which is big enough to always have things to do, and small enough to bump into friends.

Economics Mentor

Fiona

King’s College, Cambridge University

My name is Fiona, I’m studying Economics at King’s! One of my favourite things to do is to go running. I enjoy cooking and baking, especially chocolatey treats. My favourite book is the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I generally like to read books that have been made into films, so I can enjoy the story twice. I also like to watch foreign films, but my favourite film is The Dark Knight Rises and I really enjoy superhero movies. I can’t wait to meet my mentee family!

Medicine Mentor

Dylan

King’s College, Cambridge University

Hi! My name is Dylan and I study medicine at King’s College. I can definitely say I have enjoyed my time in Cambridge so far and hope you do too. I am a cox for the women’s second boat in the college rowing club and also get to do some rowing myself when I’m free. When I’m not in lectures or studying I love going punting on the backs. Life at Cambridge is very busy and can get hectic but with the support of tutors, supervisors, and a great group of friends it’s easily one of the best places in the world. I’m really looking forward to meeting you and can assure you that you will have a really great time!

Human, Social & Political Sciences Mentor

Nathalie

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Nathalie and I’m in my second year at Gonville and Caius College (Caius is pronounced ‘keys’). I study Politics and Sociology, part of the Human, Social and Political Sciences course (HSPS). My course is incredibly broad and varied, ranging from ancient Greek political philosophy to beauty practices and cosmetic surgery in Brazil. At Caius, I’m heavily involved with the feminist society, the May Ball committee, and the student union, so there is truly never a dull moment! My favourite thing about being at Cambridge, and at Caius in particular, is meeting so many talented, hilarious, and friendly people. There is also a whole range niche and interesting groups, societies, and events here, so you can always find something to do. When I’m not working, procrastinating, or chuckling with my friends in College, I like to spend time dancing, eating and cooking as well as going to the cinema and the theatre. Out of term time, I live in London with my parents and my dog.

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