Simeon Profile
Simeon (on the left)

Simeon is from Yambol, in south-eastern Bulgaria and took the Bulgarian Diploma at school, for which you study a lot of subjects (Maths, Literature, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Russian,  Philosophy, History, Geography...). He wrote this after completing his first year studying Computer Science at Christ's. 

 

Hi, I'm Simeon, and I've answered some questions below to help future prospective students who are interested in Computer Science or applying as an international student

In this profile, I have decided to focus on my course, College and the application process for

What do you think of the Collegiate system at Cambridge, where every student belongs both to the University of Cambridge and to a College? 

I think that the collegiate system makes Cambridge a richer place to study at. Every College adds its own flavour- the architecture and its history to begin with. It also adds a friendly competitive spirit in sports or education, which makes you feel part of a team.
 

How did you choose Christ's College?

Christ's was the first in the list of Colleges and the internet said it has the best porters. The location, the size and the architecture (from

"I didn't know what to expect, but I am pleased with what Christ's turned out to be."

Simeon

How did you find the application process?

The application process went smoothly. I wrote my personal statement, applied through UCAS, filled in my additional questionnaire(s), sent my transcript, and some time after that got invited for an interview in Cambridge. The interviews and the written test were well organised. I also got accommodation in College when I came for interview, which was a good opportunity to explore it. Then, on 11th of January (I think), I received an e-mail explaining that my application was successful. To be fair, that was the most confusing bit. I didn't expect it!

"I was satisfied to see that most of the questions were like puzzles so that students from all educational systems can attempt them."

Simeon

What preparation did you do for your application?

I believe that what helped me the most were the competitive programming competitions (Codeforces, Codechef), which I did anyways as an extracurricular activity. 

Since I knew that my maths would be very important for Computer Science, what I also did in preparation for my application was to try to catch up with the UK material as much as possible - I watched calculus tutorials online etc. Then, to prepare for the Admissions Assessment, I checked what was available on the official admissions page on the website. It had helpful information