Josh, French & German, 2009
I first discovered the wonderful Trinity Hall on a beautiful May day of my AS level year. A friendly guide in the form of Hannah, a Trinity Hall PhD student and now good friend of mine, had spoken so warmly and enthusiastically of the college: and as soon as I had seen Latham Lawn bathed in the sun and the Jerwood library overhanging the river, I knew exactly what she meant. I immediately got a buzz from the place: and that’s a feeling that still hasn’t gone away.
Since then, Trinity Hall has become my home. As a linguist (or ‘MMLer’), I am part of an extremely friendly and tight-knit community within the College: MML is one of the most sociable subjects in Cambridge, and it really is true that we all get to know both each other and lots of other students from other Colleges really well.
I have rowed for the college for two years, was involved in the JCR (student council) and played in a university orchestra."
There is unrivalled support for languages at Trinity Hall – it is one of the College’s ‘powerhouse’ subjects, and as such, caters for every academic need that you could possibly have. The Fellows, some of the best linguists in the world, work closely with us, going way above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we get the very best out of the work we do.
But it’s not all about the work: linguists at Trinity Hall get involved in all sorts of College societies. I have rowed for the College for two years, was involved in the JCR (student council) and played in a University orchestra. This sort of thing is very much encouraged, and there’s loads of time to indulge in your interests, however quirky they may be!
while I’m in the Jerwood writing an essay on German politics, another MMLer might be sat next to me grappling with knights and dragons in an epic medieval French poem..."
Another great aspect of MML is the rich variety it offers. Within my French and German degree I’ve covered everything from Haitian French dialects to German infatuation with Greek antiquity, Dutch language and literature to semantics, queer studies in the GDR to advanced language work. And while I’m in the Jerwood writing an essay on German politics, another MMLer might be sat next to me grappling with knights and dragons in an epic medieval French poem or picking apart a linguistics puzzle. This means of course that no two days are ever the same in MML!
Then there’s the year abroad – the icing on the cake. Having just finished my year in Tübingen (Germany’s best kept secret), I know that I’ll be raving about my time here for years to come. Going abroad for a year is a unique and incredibly rewarding experience. I have had categorically the best year of my life here, made friends that I will keep forever, drunk an inordinate amount of Weizen beer, and had my eyes opened to a different way of living. I’ve already booked my flight back for the Christmas chocolate market!
Going abroad for a year is a unique and incredibly rewarding experience."
So in short, MML at Trinity Hall is a course that offers you so many invaluable opportunities, both academic and personal. Through the study of not just language but also literature, history, film, linguistics, thought, philosophy and more, it provides a unique framework for academic exploration and extra-curricular enjoyment too. Plus the employment prospects are top class. I wouldn’t swap it for anything!