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. Book an apppointment with a mentor here: https://cambridgeimmerse.appointlet.com

Programme Manager – Academic

Ore

Jesus College, Cambridge University

Hi everyone! My name’s Ore and I’ve just finished my 2nd year studying Human, Social and Political Sciences and Jesus College – focusing on Politics and International Relations. I was a participant on the programme in 2014 and I did International Relations and absolutely loved it here. I was a mentor last year and as this will now be my 3rd year at Cambridge Immerse, the programme has a very special place in my heart! I’ve spent my past 2 years at Cambridge getting very involved in student life. I’ve been the Secretary of my college’s May Ball Committee, Racial Equalities Officer on my college student union and I’m now the President of the University’s African-Caribbean Society (and was even interviewed on BBC World News!). l’ve loved my 2 years here and I hope that the next 2 weeks gives you a glimpse into how fab Cambridge life can be.

Programme Manager – Activities

Hepsi

Gonville & Caius College, 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.

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Abi

Magdalene College, Cambridge University

Hi everyone. My name is Abi and I am a finalist Law student at Magdalene College. I have really enjoyed studying Law at Cambridge for the past three years and have since found my calling in Family Law, which I hope to practise when I qualify. In my time at Uni, I have enjoyed getting involved in extra curricular activities – particularly the University Law Society, which hosts social events and really interesting speakers and careers events. It’s not all law related though – I also enjoy playing guitar, binge watching Netflix and hanging out with my friends. Cambridge has so many fun things to do around town, so I also like going to the ADC theatre and the Corn Exchange – where we get really good bands come and perform, I’ve seen my two favourite bands there (Daughter and The 1975) just last year. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all soon!

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Annabel

Homerton College, Cambridge University

Hello everyone! I am an economics student from Homerton College, Cambridge and have just finished my first year. The standard of economics here is incredible: I have 5 supervisors all of whom are incredibly helpful so supervisions tend to be very casual. My advice in the run up to applications would be to be as proactive as possible, put yourself forward for every competition or speaking role you can, and Ted talks/blogs are brilliant ways to get a broad base of knowledge. More interesting is what happens outside of a degree. The college system is brilliant for mixing people who might not otherwise meet. I have joined the Cambridge Union, the college rowing team, and the college lacrosse team, all of which have been brilliant breaks from work. Cambridge is not famous for its nightlife but has enough quirks to make up for it. Bops, swaps, and extravagant college marriages are very weird experiences and I will explain them all to you when you get here.

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Baran

King’s College, Cambridge University

Hey! I’m Baran, and I’m studying Maths at King’s College, Cambridge. I absolutely love it here – as I’m sure you will, too. One of my favourite hobbies is, of course, doing maths – I’m not embarrassed to admit that there are days when I do not leave my room, doing nothing but solving problems (usually because I’m rushing a problem sheet to be handed in the next day)! I’m most interested in the ‘pure’ side of maths, but in general any sort of maths excites me. When I’m not studying, I’m usually at the gym, reading, running, or just chilling with friends. I love keeping fit and stimulating my brain with non-mathsy things, and just having a relaxed time with my friends. I look forward to meeting you this summer and making sure you a fantastic experience in Cambridge!

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Bronte

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hello! My name is Bronte and I am a second year law student at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. I grew up in Australia and Singapore before coming to Cambridge. A few of my favourite things are coffee, the smell of old books, and sunshine. Some of my hobbies include rowing for my college, reading books, and spending time with my friends! Since coming to Cambridge I have also gotten involved in charity work through our Raising and Giving Society (RAG). My favourite part of my course so far has been studying family law and criminology. Law is a challenging and intense course, but even when things get hard there is nothing else I would rather be doing! Except for maybe napping… I worked as a mentor for one of the 2016 sessions of Cambridge Immerse too, and am really looking forward to being a part of such an amazing programme again!

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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!!

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Daniel

Downing College, Cambridge University

Hi guys, my name is Daniel. I’ve just completed my first year as a medic at Downing College and entirely looking forward to the hard work I’ll be putting in next year(!). I must admit, my first year at Cambridge has been challenging but being surrounded by people at the top of the game in different fields has been an unparalleled experience and has piqued my interest in a whole range of things. Primarily, it’s given me a drive to learn things that aren’t necessarily directly related to my future career as a surgeon. Over this holiday, I’m learning how to master the Rubik’s cube (none of that speed-running stuff, though), maintain a handstand for longer than 30 seconds and traverse the world of stocks and shares. I’m also getting into dystopian novels – reading George Orwell’s 1984 at the moment (respect the spoiler-free zone) – and learn how to drive (I’m from London where we don’t depend on cars!) Other than that, I like watching Anime, going to the gym, playing computer games and sports and expanding my knowledge. I’m all about trying new things and I’m quite a curious person so I want you all to bring you’re A-game and teach me something new over the 2 great weeks we’ll be spending together.

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Dariya

Homerton College, Cambridge University

A big hello to you all! My name is Dariya and I’m a Natural Scientist, studying Genetics in my third year at Homerton College. As a finalist I have learnt all the wonderful ins and outs of cantab life over the years and am excited to share them with my mentee family! In my free time I like to do long distance running, kayaking when the river isn’t too cold, and enjoy climbing on the odd occasion. My favourite parts about student life here is the formal halls, the close-knit college communities, and the May Balls (when exams are finally over(! When I graduate this year I’m hoping to apply for a PhD as I’m super keen to carry on with a career in science, and plan to travel the world at any chance I get. I’m sure we’ll all get to know each other quite well over the course of the programme, and I hope I can help keep you all energetic and enthused! I look forward to seeing you all this summer! 🙂

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Dylan

Balliol College, Oxford University

I’m a keen bean physics student, always happy to talk about your desired topic (so long as you email in advance so I have time to prep ;P ) A 3rd year at Balliol college Oxford, I’ve managed to slip through the vetting process (;P) to lead on what should be an awesome Cambridge programme. An avid rock climber, I am sometimes found on the underside of large rocks and boulders or pressed up against the wall of a crevasse, much like a woodlouse. Rowing, football, hockey and guitar take up a fair deal of my spare time as well. Looking forward to meeting y’all!

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Edvard

Churchill College, Cambridge University

Hi! My name is Edvard and I have just graduated from Churchill College with a degree in politics and international relations. I am originally from Sweden but have lived intermittently in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the UK. Next year I’m looking forward to moving to Geneva to intern for the UN. Academically, I’m mostly interested in political philosophy, but Cambridge’s Human Social and Political Science Tripos is very broad so I have studied a wide range of topics spanning from peace and conflict to basic psychology. In my time in Cambridge I’ve tried my hand at a similarly broad range of extracurricular activities, and have (with varying levels of success) attempted rowing, cricket, theatre, squash and netball. I also enjoyed doing the arts and decorations for Churchill College’s spring ball last year, and have done a lot of work with local charities like the Cambridge Hub and Churchill Casino. I’ve very much enjoyed my time in Cambridge, and look forward to showing you this charming, beautiful and slightly odd city.

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Egor

Wadham College, Oxford University

Hi! My name is Egor and I am currently studying Engineering Science at Wadham College, Oxford. My hobbies include constructing radio-controlled drones and programming. At the university, I enjoy rowing and occasionally go swimming. I am looking forward to meeting you all and helping you learn more about life at Cambridge Immerse.

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Eleanor

Somerville College, Oxford University

Hi there! My name’s Eleanor, I’m a second year PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) student at Somerville College, Oxford. I really love my degree, but I’m also super involved in university life. My biggest hobby is rowing for my college, but I’m also involved in lots of activities from the bake society to student politics! Some of my favourite things to do in my spare time are playing croquet and going punting – so I can’t wait to share this with you and show you how great Cambridge Immerse life really is. I have lots of experience with helping people find their feet in unfamiliar places and settings, and am knowledge about the whole Cambridge Immerse application process – so you’re in safe hands with me. My job is to help you have a great time on the course! I’m here to help with any worries you might have, help organise your visit and anything you’d particularly like to try or find out about, and help you really understand what its like to study at Cambridge Immerse. It’s intense but its a great experience – and I really look forward to meeting you!

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Ella

Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

Hi! My name is Ella, and I’m a Bio Nat Sci (Natural Sciences, Biological) student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. This year has been amazing and I can’t wait to introduce you all to everything Cambridge has to offer (or at least as much of it as I can in two weeks!) The town itself has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, and you’ll find plenty of traditional architecture, green space and fun activities here to keep you occupied. I personally love taking part in the traditional aspects of Cambridge, so am really looking forward to punting on the river Cam, playing croquet, and going to formal dinners with you all! In my free time I play lacrosse for the university and a variety of college sports. I hope you will find the Cambridge Immerse experience interesting as well as fun, and I’ll endeavour to answer all your questions as best I can – I’m always up for a chat, and if there’s ever anything I can help with (including in the lead up to the programme or afterwards) please let me know, I’m here to help!

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Emmanuel

St Peter’s College, Oxford University

Hey guys, I have now completed my first year as Engineer at St Peter’s College, Oxford and have been a big Arsenal fan for as long as I can remember! I live in Manchester and have 5 siblings (I know right). In my spare time I like to play football. Positions I often play include Right Wing and Right Back. Since moving to university I’ve started playing ice hockey and tried numerous other sports. I really enjoy my degree and find myself quite fond of the topic everyone (including me) seemed to dread at A-level: electricity. This term I’ve built a radio, a bridge, and even done some coding, amongst other things. Engineering has definitely been very challenging but has also been very fun. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you guys 🙂

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Jamie

St John’s College, Cambridge University

Hey everyone! My name’s Jamie and I study Engineering at St John’s College. Studying takes up quite a lot of my time, of course, but I also enjoy a range of sports and playing the guitar. I play football and am the captain for my college team. On top of that, I am the treasurer for my college JCR (our student union) and sit on the committee. After two years at Cambridge, hopefully I’ll be able to answer any questions you might have about life here!

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Kieran

Trinity College, Cambridge University

Hi! I’m Kieran and I study the Natural Sciences (Maths, Physics, Materials Science, Earth Science) at Trinity College, Cambridge. I am planning to study physics in my later years but I have quite a broad understanding of the NatSci tripos so feel free to ask any questions. In my spare time, I enjoy sailing and spend a lot of my holidays teaching sailing although there isn’t much scope for sailing in Cambridge unfortunately. I am the Male Welfare Officer for Trinity College and a lot of my spare time during the term is used in organising welfare events such as puppy petting, hot chocolate and cookie nights (to name a few). I really enjoy working with the Student Union (most colleges call it a JCR) and would definitely recommend applying for it. I have really enjoyed my time in Cambridge, both the university and the city, and want to show everyone the many great things that you can do here. I hope you have a lovely time!

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Lilly

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hi, my name is Lilly and I’m a second year student at Gonville and Caius College studying Veterinary Medicine. I live in a little village in Wiltshire (South West England). My favourite things to do in Cambridge are going punting, eating cake from Fitzbillies and walking by the river. Before I came to Cambridge I took a Gap Year and travelled to Australia and North America where I worked as a Cow Girl. My hobbies include football and horse riding, as well as reading and watching a lot of Netflix! I can’t wait to meet you all, and show you how awesome Cambridge is!

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Mark

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

I’m a Second Year Philosophy student at Gonville and Caius College and originally hail from Derry, in Northern Ireland. I fortunately had the chance of being a Summer Mentor with Cambridge Immerse last summer, and had great fun touring Cambridge, London and Oxford with students, and have kept in touch with a few. I’m a Bob Dylan fanatic, love 1940s film noir and Western movies, and enjoy going out with friends and playing the mandolin in my spare time at Uni. I’m also a member of a student policy think tank, and like to keep up to date on politics on both sides of the Irish Sea. Naturally, as a philosopher, I love discussing profound questions about the meaning of it all, and am sure we’ll get the chance to get stuck in some deep puzzles during your time in Cambridge!

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Max

St John’s College, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Max. My hometown is Bath, UK. I have just finished my first year at St John’s Cambridge where I am studying Economics. I like getting involved with the Marshall society (the University wide Economics society) and I manage the facilities for my college. In my spare time, I play loads of sport, both in college and with the University. In particular rugby, hockey, and football. Sometimes, I play the saxophone. In my downtime, I watch TV and read books; my favourite TV show is ‘The Inbetweeners’ and my favourite book is ‘Gardens of Stone’ by Stephen Grady. I think the great thing about Cambridge is how close everything is, and how easy it is to navigate around all the beautiful colleges. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and helping you learn everything you will need to equip for your university applications. Please ask me any question at all. I hope you have a great two weeks.

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Meryem

Somerville College, Oxford University

Hi! I’m a first year studying Physics and Philosophy at Somerville College, Oxford University. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first year at university and I have immersed myself in to many different aspects of college like. For example I started rowing at the beginning of this year, I enjoyed the environment and how easy it was to make friends. I have participated in many competitions and had a very successful year of rowing! I am now rowing captain for the coming year. My academic studies have been very engaging and it has been interesting to see how physics and philosophy link together. The best thing about college life is the tightknit community which you find yourself a part of, this is an environment which lots of people would benefit from.

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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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Saskia

Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

Hi, I’m Saskia. I’m a second year medical student at Emmanuel College and I am excited to meet you all. Being at Cambridge is awesome, there is so much to see and do and get involved in. While at Cambridge, I’ve started mixed lacrosse, playing for my college at the weekends. At home, I am a keen sailor, spending many hours out on the water in the summer. I have been lucky enough to try many different things while at Cambridge, but nothing quite beats the feeling of being out on the sea, powered only by the wind! You can often find me with a cup of tea in hand, having chats with people on my staircase as they pass by. As a medic, we tend to be pretty close with the other medics in our college. I’m on Emmanuel’s MedVetSoc committee, which is great fun as the committee organises events for all six years of medics. I hope you are excited to come to Cambridge and explore the city and learn a lot more about studying here.

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Hayley

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

I’m Hayley, a second year maths student at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. I’m aiming to specialise in applied mathematics and am studying some really interesting topics at the moment such as Quantum Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics. During my spare time in Cambridge, I enjoy going for runs by the river and trying out new coffee shops with friends; the aim is to tick off as many as I can during my time here. My favourite way to relax is to bake cakes; unfortunately we don’t have ovens this year in college accommodation so I’ve had to get creative with baking in the microwave and testing different mug cake recipes! I also really enjoy travelling. Last summer, I went inter-railing around Europe and had an amazing time exploring different countries and cultures and meeting new people. I look forward to meeting you!

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Reiss

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University

Hey! I’m Reiss and I’m from London. I’m a first-year student at Gonville & Caius College. At A-Level I studied History, Economics and English Literature before coming to Cambridge to study English Literature. At Cambridge, I am actively involved in societies and hold various roles of responsibility, including being the Freshers’ Representative of my College, the Secretary of Bangladesh Society, and the Access Officer for of the Pakistani Society. This means I’ve had the chance to be involved in a few cool projects like organising a Marriage Formal (which you’ll find out about!) as well as other events. In my free time I enjoy writing, drawing, and hanging out with friends (plus eating a bit too much but we don’t discuss that). If you have any questions about anything at all then please feel free to ask me! I look forward to meeting with you all!

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Xiao

Peterhouse College, Cambridge University

Hello! I’m Xiao, I study Chemical Engineering and I’m at Peterhouse, the oldest and smallest college in Cambridge. I spend my free time singing in a choir and playing piano, and go to the occasional pub quiz. I support Newcastle United, and I play fives (quite a unique game) and swim.

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