Melissa wrote this at the end of her second year studying Theology, Religion and the Philosophy of Religion at Christ's College, Cambridge. Actually from Cambridge, she took A-levels in English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics, Classical Civilisation, and Art.
How did you choose your College and course?
I looked around a lot of Colleges at the University open day, but not Christ’s. Then when I visited on the separate College open day, I really liked it - very central, nice size, everyone was very friendly. I also really liked the Chaplain who would be my Director of Studies.
How did you find the application process?
Fairly straightforward if protracted! There are lots of forms etc. but I had good communication with the university and Christ's Admissions throughout. This was especially important because I have learning difficulties and the relevant paperwork needed to be sent through.
I would advise prospective applicants to check all related courses ignoring the degree titles – they’re often misleading! Choose the course based on content rather than name. Don’t be afraid of the language element but take it seriously, it’s fine and enjoyable if you work
What papers did you study this year and why did you choose them?
Honestly, I can’t pick a favourite, I loved all my papers!
Religious themes in literature B13: I love writing about literature and the themes within it, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. The fact that it was coursework and seminar based meant I could write about whatever I wanted. I loved this paper and it enabled me to read and discuss books I had wanted to for a while and discover new authors I now love.
God, freedom and the soul B10: This was the philosophy paper and it is my main interest and what I plan
What have you most enjoyed so far about your time at Christ’s?
I have made many fantastic friends. I lived on Jesus Lane this year. I really loved living with my housemates, but personally I felt that living out of College is a bit isolating from the rest of it. Having said that, I really enjoyed the fact it was category C so I could decorate more thoroughly and didn't have to take it all down at the end of each term. I also liked having slightly more independence from College with more freedom to cook for myself.
What are you most looking forward to in the coming years?