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Find out about St John's from some of the people who know it best - our students! Each article is related to a subject, but they all contain useful perspectives on College life as a whole.

Mercedes McCambridge

Before coming to St John’s College in October 2016, I studied Advanced Higher French, English and Chemistry at a small comprehensive state school in the North of Scotland. I had only done what little Japanese study I could outside of my academic schedule during high school, so choosing to take Japanese to a degree level was a bit of a leap of faith for me. However, looking back now, I am so glad I decided to take the plunge and study what I love at a...

To be an Education student is to have access to a smorgasbord of knowledge. We study 7 subjects, sometimes more, sometimes less. We are exposed to a rich selection of studies ranging from arts through to social sciences which makes our learning experience at Cambridge a unique and wonderful one. I find myself constantly engaged, and where we sometimes might have a rush of essays in a few weeks I never become bored or resentful of study because...

It was a straight choice between another College and St John's. In the end I picked John's because of the juxtaposition of studying such a new subject at such an old College. Many other old Colleges hadn't yet started to take education students, and it seemed exciting to be in a space where a decision had consciously been made to take on a subject and see the students through it. In my view, we have support here in a way that just doesn't happen in...

I was attracted to the Education tripos because of its multi-disciplinary nature, and it has certainly delivered. No other subject at Cambridge offers such a range of topics throughout the duration of the whole three years. I’ve loved studying topics as diverse as the globalising secularisation of our society, Mary Wollstonecraft and the French Revolution, the scholarship of fairytales and the psychology of IQ testing. I think this degree genuinely...

I studied Theology at St John's from 2008-2011. I found the course to be interesting, varied (you can choose from a wide variety of modules) and intellectually stimulating, which is exactly what you want from a degree-level course. Many of the skills that I gained studying Theology, including, analysing and summarising dense texts, have proved to be vital for my role as a commercial lawyer working in the City.

At St John's college, I...