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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.

Originally from Manchester, Tom attended the state school, Crompton House, where he completed A-Levels in English Literature, History, Biology and Chemistry. Gaining a first in History, he will be starting work at Nomura International in September 2009.

'Enormous weekly reading lists and a lower emphasis on lectures can make studying History at Cambridge a fairly independent environment. That’s why the college you choose is so...

Originally from Stockport, Sarah studied for A Levels in Ancient History, English Literature, Philosophy and French at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College, before coming to St John’s in 2006. Graduating with a 2:1 in 2009, she also read for an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at St John’s, gaining a Distinction. She is currently reading for a PhD at University of the West of England, Bristol, in collaboration with the Royal Geographical...

Jenny took a gap year before coming to St John’s, during which time she was based with a professional horse rider and competed internationally in the sport of Three-Day-Eventing. She continued riding throughout her degree and captained the University Equestrian team, as well as editing the student newspaper and playing college hockey. Having graduated with a Double First in 2010, she undertook a Masters in International Relations at King’s College...

Alex studied Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths at A-Level. He is now working as a software engineer in Cambridge.

'The original reason I chose to apply to John's was very simple, it is between the centre of town and the computer lab. In fact, it turned out to be an excellent choice, for so many reasons. The computer scientists are a friendly group, and we have a lively society that organises talks and helps keep us...

'ASNC is a fantastic course, and, being a small department, you'll get to know many people from different years and Colleges. On the academic side, St John's has a well-stocked library, so you'll often find that the books you need are easily available in College. Even though you probably won't be taught in College most of the time, you'll be assigned an academic contact in St John's, your Director of Studies, who'll make sure everything goes smoothly....