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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.

Deborah Brown

Prior to joining John's as a PhD candidate in International Studies, Deborah spent ten years crossing the globe working in capital markets.  She travelled and worked extensively with companies and governments in Latin America and Eastern Europe helping to execute transactions in the international capital markets. Although she very much enjoyed her job, it was always her dream to return to further studies. Deborah applied for her Masters at...

Adam Storring

Adam took A-levels in History, Latin and Politics before coming to St. John’s to read History in 2001. He graduated with a Double First in 2004, returning to St. John’s to do an MPhil in Historical Studies in 2006-7. After several years working mainly in the Civil Service, at the Department of Health and Department for Education, as well as some time doing development work abroad, he returned to St. John’s in 2013 to start a PhD focusing on...

Kenzie Bok

Kenzie grew up in Boston, USA, where she was very involved in local politics as a teenager.  As an undergraduate at Harvard, she interned at Obama campaign headquarters and the White House and served as student president of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.  But her academic passion was intellectual history, in which she wrote a prizewinning senior thesis.  She graduated from Harvard summa cum laude with a B.A. in History...

Pongsiri Vorapongse

Pongsiri is a third-year PhD student in Politics & International Studies and a Gates Cambridge scholar. Prior to coming to St John’s, Pongsiri’s work experience included two years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and a year at the Thai central bank. He received his M.A. in International Relations with distinction from Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Washington D...

Fergus Hamilton

Fergus is from Guildford, Surrey, and attended his local comprehensive sch ool, where he took A-levels in English Literature, French and History. He was attracted to Cambridge by the beautiful buildings and promise of a great academic environment. Having gained a place for deferred entry, he took a gap year, working before travelling to South East Asia and South America. He graduated in 2013 with a First class honours degree, before going on...