Cambridge Mature Summer School 2012

Probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life.

After taking a flight from Edinburgh to Stansted, then a train to Cambridge I arrived quite early in the afternoon. I felt calm with an inner sense of purpose as I contemplated the University of Cambridge.

It symbolizes my innate desire to reach a point of excellence, to better myself, to go beyond the boundaries of a past stalked by academic underachievement. Cambridge on a deeper level signifies my highest accomplishment, Enlightenment. I wish to go to the university so that I can become a Therapist, a servant of others, a scientist of the mind. To learn, to understand, to hear different points of view, to experience many different cultures and to understand the experiences of others.

Immediately I threw myself into meeting people with a positive confidence which many people found disarming, fresh and warming. I opened to everyone and everyone warmed quickly to me. I felt part of a family, a community. We each shared interesting stories, views, ideas. Everyone was extremely talented and intelligent, and we all found it easy to relate to each other. My rapport skills had a great work-out and my confidence with others is heightening.

We started Thursday evening with Ice-breakers. Many people dreaded this but I really looked forward to it and it with good reason. It was an un-obtrusive ice-breaker session where we all got to meet each other and have lots of fun, not the usual awkward team-building sessions you get in the financial world. We all then stayed up way past bed-time hours sampling the night-life, brilliant!

Friday was early risen, a fry-up and then lectures from Giles Yeo, a brilliant lecturer who spoke on metabolic science. A trip to the science library then after other lectures we experienced a punting tour along the river Cam where many of the colleges are situated. We learnt of endless facts and the great scholars who have been at Cambridge. This was followed by an outstanding meal at Wolfson college. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s classic started in the evening of one of the other colleges. We all loved it! This was followed with excellent late night drunken student shenanigans!

Saturday we had several other lectures in biochemistry and we went to the institute of astronomy and the zoology museum. This of course sparked much talk of the universe, evolution, genetics, human responsibilities, and religion. In the evening we were fortunate to have a couple of admissions tutors ask our questions. This was followed by a formal Gala dinner at Clare college with a Michelin star meal, out of this world! The compulsory pub trip was legendary, we ended up at Club Fez and got back about 4 am!

After sleeping in for breakfast I went to awesome Biofuels and physics lectures. We then had a ‘graduation’ received a certificate as successfully completing the summer school and other things, then we departed.

I have made some wonderful friends, many of us feel like we have known each other for years. This was an extraordinary experience which I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thanks Cam!

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Exams are finished – looking forward to learning more!

It has been an extremely busy 2 months! Intense study and revision has really taken over my life.

I have completed my practical examinations for the sciences at UWE, University of West England, in Bristol which were ok.

All AS units of Physics and Biology are now complete, I feel I have done extremely well and am very happy. I await the results in a couple of months.

Updates:

Cambridge University have officially accepted me to their Summer School which is an amazing opportunity to experience world-class teaching and gain guidance from experienced tutors.

I will start A level Maths at the weekend and focus on this exclusively until January where I will have completed all but 1 of the modules. Doing an A level in 1 year is hard but doing a full A level in less than that whilst studying other A levels whilst in full-time work will be challenging but the harder, the more rewarding!

My new blog site: Real Kadampa, will be available soon as I have decided to create a separate blog for Buddhist Psychology and practice.

Cambridge Mature Students’ Summer School, 19-22 July 2012

From the Cambridge website:

The Summer School is free to participants. We may be able to help with costs involved in getting to/from Cambridge if you are experiencing financial difficulties.

  • Participants will stay in a Cambridge College devoted to mature students, in single study-bedrooms. There are no shared bedrooms but participants will normally share bathrooms with other participants of the same gender.
  • All meals will be eaten together in the College cafeteria, where there will be a choice of food.
  • Experienced staff and current Cambridge undergraduate students will be present throughout the Summer School to offer support and contribute to all sessions. Staff will stay in the same College and will be on call overnight.
  • Systems are in place to support students with disabilities and/or other additional needs.
  • Participants will have opportunities for socialising, with activities such as a theatre trip, punting on the river, tours of the city or a gala dinner.
Nice. So, today i have completed my application and it has been received. I will find out 31 May 2012 if i have been lucky enough to receive an invite to this very cool occasion!

BIOL1 – C

Ok. So today I found out that I got a C. Prediction correct but fail to gain the goal I set for my self.

My biggest mistake in the exam was thinking that I had more time, when this killed me. Going forward, I will be a little more aware of it and react appropriately.

Today I was upset, I was thinking about what I should do and so on but at the end of the day I did do well according to the circumstances. No tutor, no real direction, just individual research. I have learnt a lot about my own learning techniques and I hope this shows in future exams.

We were out tonight at the Red Squirrel celebrating. We had lovely tasty food and it felt good. Now I must focus on the re-sit and focus on Physics and getting as much done as possible.

Namaste.