Meet your mentors (5th August – 18th 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.

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.

HSPS Mentor

Florence

Newnham College, Cambridge University

I am a second-year Human, Social and Political Sciences student at Newnham College. The best part of studying HSPS is the course’s versatility. Not only do I study Politics, but I also have the opportunity to study subjects such as International Relations and Sociology. In my first year, I also took a Social Anthropology paper. Furthermore, the course is constantly adapting to the changes that unfold in the political world around us. Academics aside, I enjoy sports. I am a keen runner and a member of Newnham’s netball team. I also blog for the college’s Feminist society, and run access events for prospective students. This February, I led a Q&A session on what it was like to be a Human, Social and Political Sciences student for current applicants. My aim was to dispel myths of exclusivity and reassure students of Cambridge’s accessibility from all backgrounds. Finally, I was the 2018 University Charity Fashion Show representative for Newnham College. This involved promoting the event in person and on social media, as well as securing ticket sales.

Human, Social, Political Sciences Mentor

Emilia

Churchill, Cambridge University

Hey mentees! My name is Emilia, and I just graduated from Cambridge in June. I studied Human, Social and Political Sciences, with a particular focus on Politics and International Relations. I was at Churchill College (the best college), and I had three absolutely amazing years at this university. I also attended Cambridge Immerse myself in the summer of 2014 before I applied to university, so if you have any questions at all relating to the programme or Cambridge as a university do not hesitate to ask.

In terms of hobbies, I have always enjoyed sports and I played for my college netball team, but I have also competed in football, volleyball and skiing when I was younger. I love travelling, and I have lived abroad since I was 10 years old. I am half Swedish, half Finnish, and went to an international school in Switzerland before I came to study at university in the UK.

I hope you’re excited to be here in Cambridge, and I guarantee you’ll have an amazing time.

Law Mentor

Wali

Gonville and Caius, 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)!

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!

HSPS (International Relations) Mentor

Nathalie

Gonville and Caius, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Nathalie and I’m in my third 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.

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!

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.

Mathematics Mentor

Jack

Churchill College, Cambridge University

Hi I’m Jack, I’m in my 2nd year studying maths at Churchill College, and I’ll be your residential mentor at Immerse this summer! This short profile is just to introduce myself to you, and tell you a few things about me before we meet. My favorite hobby is playing football – I currently play for and am the president of my college team, and other than that I also love to spend (often too much) time watching films. I also grew up in Cambridge, so I’m very familiar with the city so hopefully I can tell you some interesting things about the city, and won’t get too lost. I’m studying mostly applied maths, and am very interested in the ethics of maths. In my spare time if I’m not binge watching a some tv show, I like to take in some student comedy and theatre, in which Cambridge has a lot of quality productions. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and having a great time with you in Cambridge this summer!

Economics Mentor

Amber

Pembroke College, Cambridge University

Hi! My name is Amber and I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you! I’m in my first year studying Economics at Pembroke College, Cambridge. The reason I chose to apply to study Economics at Cambridge was because I loved the breadth of knowledge I knew the course would give me through the five modules of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics, Politics and British Economic History. I would probably say that my favourite out of these modules is Economic History. This quite surprised me as I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I do but it gives me a chance to apply macroeconomic (and some microeconomic) modules in a real world context. Outside of studying, I am a keen archer and part of the Sign Language Society committee, as well as, more recently, kayaking down the Cam river in the warmer weather. Other than these activities, my favourite things to do in Cambridge involve exploring the city and relaxing with friends.

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!

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

Natural Sciences Mentor

Josh

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University

Hey, I’m Josh, a second year Biological natural scientist. More specifically, I study Neuroscience, Animal behaviour and Chemistry; weird combination I know. I’m at Sidney Sussex college – definitely the best central college. My main hobbies are sport, theatre and cooking. I’m a big racket sports player, but I’m interested in pretty much every sport – except dressage. I’ve been doing drama for quite a few years and I love both performing and watching it. Cooking is a more recent hobby, mainly as a result of having to cook for myself to survive at Uni, but it’s actually just a great way to destress – especially watching endless Gordon Ramsey videos). I’m also a pretty big TV and film watcher – you name it, I’ll most likely have seen it. My favourite thing about Cambridge, which hopefully you’ll also be able to experience, is Cambridge in the sun. The vibes, the people, the punting and the city are all incredible.

History Mentor

Dan

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University

Hello! My name is Dan and I am a second year undergraduate at Fitzwilliam College (otherwise known as ‘Fitz’!) and I study History. Fitz is one of the ‘hill colleges’ in Cambridge and is about a 10 minute cycle from the middle of town. Over the past two years, I have studied a wide scope of twentieth century history as well as looking at the political and socio-economic history of early modern Britain. My dissertation research, which I am undertaking over the summer, shall focus on Margaret Thatcher and the 1975 Referendum on Europe. Some of my favourite hobbies include trying not to embarrass myself at Fitz’s gym – which is actually surprisingly easy –, travelling and exploring major cities, and reading fiction books every once and while. At University, I have taken place in Debating Society events and in the upcoming year I shall be Fitz’s History Society President which hopefully should be very exciting! I look forward to meeting you all soon!!

Medicine Mentor

Yosi

Clare College, Cambridge University

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