“The substantial STEM student intake at Churchill College should in no way mask its status as an incredibly intellectually stimulating and welcoming space for humanities students.”
One of the most exciting aspects of studying history at Cambridge is the sheer diversity that is offered on the course. Throughout my degree, I have had the pleasure of discovering the ancient worlds of Rome and Greece, investigating the role of women in eighteenth-century wars, and venturing into the rich past of the Indian subcontinent. The impressive range of modules on offer means that history students are always able to learn something new. An especially rewarding feature of the course is the close contact that history students have with world-leading professors. By engaging with history professors on a one-on-one basis during weekly supervisions, I am able to participate in fruitful academic dialogue, in the process sharpening my critical thinking skills and expanding my historical knowledge.
The substantial STEM student intake at Churchill College should in no way mask its status as an incredibly intellectually stimulating and welcoming space for humanities students. As a history student, I am pleased to be in such close proximity to the Churchill Archives Centre. Through my voluntary position as the JCR Archives Representative, I am able to attend archive committee meetings, in which I have learned about the operational dynamics of historical archive centres. At the heart of Churchill College is its magnificent dining hall which is the largest of all the Cambridge colleges and serves as an important hub of social interaction. Here, I thoroughly enjoy conversing with college friends over lunch and dinner. Sometimes I may be hearing about intriguing scientific topics such as thermodynamics, and at other times I may be speaking about a historical topic such as legal systems in British colonial India. Regardless of the subject, there always promises to be a fascinating conversation at the table!
Life in Cambridge
When I am in need of a break from the many reading lists and essay deadlines that characterise my course, I embrace activities that comprise the quintessential Cambridge student experience. I have attended many memorable formal dinners with friends, with these often proceeded by a fun night of board games. During the summer periods, I like to take serene punting trips along the River Cam, which I usually follow up with a delicious purchase from the all-time student favourite dessert spot, Jack’s Gelato. On a day-to-day basis, I enjoy representing my Cambridge student identity by donning university and college merchandise acquired from the Ryder & Amies store.