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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.

Joshua Mustill - Economics

'I commenced my studies at St John’s in 2012. The best part of studying Economics, for me, is the broad range of topics which are compulsory to study in Part I. Whilst this may initially sound daunting, it was a fantastic experience because it enabled me to study aspects such as Economic History and the political side of Economics, which I had not previously considered.

'Now in my second year, I am currently taking a paper on Mathematics for...

Gregor McMillan, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

'I'm from Scotland, which means I wear a skirt to social gatherings. I went to a small state comprehensive outside of Edinburgh, where I studied Maths, French, Italian and History at Advanced Higher. In my spare time I worked in a chip shop, where I learnt the difference between 'White Pudding' and 'Black Pudding' and experienced the 'Deep Fried Mars Bar'.

'Following school, I took a year out and took an office job in London, before moving to...

Chris Born, History of Art

Chris Born grew up in Twickenham, South West London, where he attended a local grammar school, Tiffin School 2005-2012. He completed A-levels in History, French, Theatre Studies and English Literature.

‘I chose to do History of Art at the University of Cambridge because of the opportunities to incorporate serious philosophical thought into my work, something which seemed (and is, to my information) a fairly unique feature of the course....

Clare Cassidy

'I grew up in a village near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, studying German, English Literature and Philosophy/Ethics for A Level at a comprehensive state school, and I will admit to having had some worries before I applied to Cambridge. While most of my teachers were very supportive and encouraging about my decision, one in particular tried to put me off applying by warning me that Cambridge was ‘only for posh people’ and that I would turn into a ‘...

'I have recently graduated, having completed the 3 year BA course in Natural Sciences. Before Cambridge I studied at a series of state schools and realised that I wanted to pursue Biology at university. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cambridge, it has been rewarding academically and I also really enjoyed myself. The Natural Science course has inspired me to pursue my interest in Plant Sciences further, and so currently I am about to do a series...