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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.

Nina Klein

Nina joined St John’s in 2009 to commence her studies in Physical Natural Sciences. She previously attended Esher College (a comprehensive Sixth Form just outside London), and took A-levels in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths.

‘After finishing Sixth Form I was really looking forward to starting university and was very excited to be going to Cambridge. Having completed my degree I can firmly say that St John’s is an amazing...

Anita attended Wirral Grammar School for Girls in Merseyside before coming to study Physical Natural Sciences at St John’s in 2010. She took A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. She obtained a First Class Honours in a BA and MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics and is now going on to do a DPhil in Particle Physics at Oxford University.

The best aspect of studying Natural Sciences at St John’s is the great...

Originally from Kendal, a small town on the edge of the English Lake District, Simon attended Kirkbie Kendal School. He studied A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics before arriving at St John’s in 2008. After graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Natural Sciences (specializing in Experimental and Theoretical Physics) in 2012, Simon is currently studying towards a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University....

Tim Allen first came to St John’s College in the summer of 2007 on a summer school organised by the Sutton Trust. At the time Tim was an A-level student at Great Baddow High School in Chelmsford, Essex. When he returned a year later to matriculate, he was certain he had made the right choice.

I chose St John’s after visiting the college in the summer of 2007. For me St John’s embodies everything that a Cambridge college should be - an...

I studied the International Baccalaureate at Sixth Form instead of A Levels, which meant that I took 6 subjects in total. My Higher Level subjects were Philosophy, Spanish and French; my Standard Level subjects were Maths, English and Chemistry. Coming from this different background, I was nervous that Universities would not understand the scoring system but I found that it was not a problem for applying to Cambridge.

I applied to read Philosophy...