Hi there, my name is Mihal.

On Monday the 21st of May, I was invited to go to a visit to Magdalene College Cambridge, as part of my participation in the Scholars Program. Magdalene is one of the 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge, and this trip gave me an insight into applying and studying at a university like Cambridge and it provided me an opportunity to briefly explore the historic city. The agenda of the day included a talk from Magdalene’s liaison officer about applying to and studying at Cambridge, a tour of the college, and a meeting with a current undergraduate of the college itself, and a University style learning experience as well as a tour from another Cambridge college.

Some of Magdalen’s Alumni include: Samuel Pepys, Monty Don, C. S. Lewis and Greg Clark.

We had a lecture about neuroscience from a distinguished expert in the field. We were learning all sorts of facts, for example, why it is that when you look in the centre of a spiral continuously, you start becoming hypnotised and your vision temporarily changes. Although I’m not really into neuroscience, I still found the lecture very interesting. We then had a nice walk around the college as it was a sunny day (not to mention the fact that we were allowed to walk on the grass and the fact that we almost got hit by cyclists) and we then went to explore Cambridge. We walked past many buildings in central Cambridge including St John’s College Cambridge, King’s College Cambridge and its immense chapel, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and Stephen Hawking’s office where he carried his work, as well as Trinity College Cambridge and we saw part of Newton’s apple tree!

Personally, my favourite bit was when we walked past Newton’s tree in Trinity College even though I was not allowed to walk on the grass.

I now have a really good idea of what a ‘typical’ Cambridge student is expected to be and what I’ll need to work on to achieve that standard. I am very happy and proud to have been selected to go on trip as a lot of the scientists and mathematicians whom I admire all went to Cambridge.

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