Student Profiles – Georgia, English

Georgia is a first-year English student from London. At A Level, she studied English Literature, History, and Drama.

Why did you choose Trinity Hall?
I really wanted to be in the centre of Cambridge and to be on the river – Trinity Hall is both of those, and I’m so glad I didn’t compromise on either. It’s also a really nice size – you know everyone, but it’s not so small you’re always on everyone’s toes! The reputation for being warm and friendly also helped, which turned out to be completely true.

How did you prepare for the application process and interviews?
I did two mock interviews at school, and I practised a few past papers for the entrance exam. I also made sure I knew my personal statement inside out, but most of all I made sure not to get too stressed or worked up over it. I treated my interviews like an intense academic conversation, and by being relaxed I found them more enjoyable than I had expected.

Parchment with decorative writing showing a king drawn in the initial letter

Why did you choose your course?
I chose English because I’ve always loved the study of literature, and the loose structure it is taught in allows you to explore what interests you the most in the subject. My favourite part of the course is the wide range of content we study and seeing my preferences form and develop as we move through the course. I also enjoy the intersection with drama and history, which I feel makes the degree more inter-disciplinary.

How does your course compare to your expectations?
I’ve been drawn to more niche aspects of literature much faster than I expected, due to both the specific interests of supervisors and unexpected avenues my studies have led me down. I’ve also found my course to be very student-reliant – you get out of it what you put in.

How are you taught?
I have three contact hours a week: two 1.5-hour supervisions, one in Practical Criticism (close textual analysis) and the other in the term’s paper. I spend a few hours preparing for the Prac Crit one, and anywhere from 10-20 preparing for the other. All English lectures are optional and not directly related to supervision work, and of the 20 or so on offer each week, I go to about 10.

Trinity Hall boathouse next to the River Cam. The sky is blue and the College flag is flying outside

How do you maintain a work-life balance?
As soon as my timetable became clear, I tried to establish a routine and stick to it. As my workload doesn’t really change week to week, it is quite easy to get into a rhythm. I also make sure I build in time for relaxation and extra-curriculars so I’m not only working all week. I learnt to cox at the beginning of the year, and now cox the college’s M2 boat, which I was completely new to and really enjoy! I also play college hockey and have dabbled in Cambridge’s theatre scene. I also spend far too much time and money at Jack’s Gelato and Fitzbillies…

What are you looking forward to for the rest of your first year?
In Easter term of my first year we study Shakespeare, which I’m particularly looking forward to, and we also have the Trinity Hall June Event (our version of a May ball)! Later this term I’ll be coxing in Lent Bumps, which I’m really excited for as well.