We ask one of our Cambridge tutors about their daily university routine and what made them a successful oxbridge applicant:
You could say my typical day is quite hectic, as it consists of 2-3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of practicals and 1 hour of supervisions. When I get home I try to work for another 2 hours but I am a firm supporter of relaxing and having a balanced lifestyle so I keep myself sane by playing the piano or going to the gym.
Being an international student, I get how frustrating and stressful the application and interview process is for a student and particularly one that doesn’t have English as their first language. However, it is also a time to learn and gain valuable experience in writing personal statements and being interviewed, skills which I have now come to appreciate more. I spent a lot of time writing my personal statement and I am now very in touch with what Cambridge admissions tutors like to see in it in my role as a tutor. I have also gained valuable interview skills that I can pass on – how to make a good first impression, what things you should and should not say as well as how you should prepare for them and structure your thinking. I am very passionate about medicine and have always been from a very young age and especially at Cambridge, as it is a leading centre of research with countless opportunities for research projects and internships, as well as a research career alongside your medical career.