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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.

Henry Cross - Engineering

I knew I would study engineering from a fairly early age; to me it is the perfect combination of intellectual challenge and practical applicability.

The course at Cambridge is distinct for several reasons. The first two years cover all areas of engineering (mechanical, civil, information, etc.) and no specialisation is required on application. This equips students with the fundamentals of all disciplines, as well as providing them a chance to...

Ana Groom - Engineering

Studying engineering at Cambridge is a great way to get breadth from the word go. Over the first two years, you have the opportunity to study a variety of topics ranging from mechanics and materials to electronics and information engineering, providing a great range of skills and understanding. The department organises lectures and labs, and sets ‘Examples Papers’ weekly which contain problems to work through based on lecture material. The College then...

Alex with a classmate in Taiwan

My decision to apply to study Chinese Studies was driven by a motivation to understand China from the inside, through the detailed study of its language and culture. Although the study of non-Western cultures is still considered somewhat of a novelty amongst people in the UK, I can wholeheartedly say I have no regrets about the decision I made. Rather, I would urge more people to pursue the study of this fascinating and important country and embark on...

Boyko Vodenicharski

My name is Boyko, and I am an undergraduate in my third year reading Natural Sciences. Before coming to St. John’s I studied in a public school in Bulgaria that specializes in languages and literature. Two years before graduating high school I got involved in Physics competitions, which sparked my interest in problem-solving and Science.

A couple of years back, I was faced with picking a college and there were a number of factors to...

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...