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Computer Science - Alex Davies

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 in touch (and in free food).

The computer science course at Cambridge is arguably the most in-depth three year course there is in the subject, with plenty of variety. The natural science subject in the first year helps you to get into it, and is a good safety net in case the computers get too much, so there's no reason not to go for compsci.

The courses I tended to enjoy most were the ones that were theoretical, but not mathematical, like finite automata and complexity theory. But everyone likes different things, and the way you don't have to choose which subjects to do beforehand is great. I've also had time for kayaking, playing ultimate frisbee for St John's and even had a go at rowing. John's has been a great college for everything, I thoroughly recommend applying.'

  -Alex Davies, graduated 2008