I was a self-taught A-level student who initially trained in accountancy before taking a role with the Birmingham Museums Service and realizing that history, not numbers, excited me. We have a small but brilliant community of historians at Lucy, undergraduate and postgraduate, they are a phenomenal resource. I have been privileged to have the most wonderful Director of Studies during my time here. Her door is always open and she cares passionately about her students. The College feels like home rather than the student accommodation I was dreading and the variety of the history course at Cambridge has been great. I came wanting to read all political history and in the end read none as the sheer diversity of the papers available inspired me to learn about places and periods I would never have had a chance to study somewhere else.
I grew up in Northern Ireland and worked in waitressing, hospitality and the airline industry for ten years prior to completing an Access to HE Diploma at Southern Regional College. Studying at Lucy Cavendish is an opportunity I never thought I would have; it still amazes me that there is a place for me at Cambridge and the College has greatly exceeded my expectations. At Lucy I have been able to indulge my passion for history and learn about topics I would have little access to otherwise. The supportive environment has allowed me to study what I love whilst juggling the challenges of life as a single parent at the same time. My advice to anyone interested in coming here is: believe you have the ability within yourself to achieve great things, no matter what your background or circumstances are.
I am from Poland, and came to Lucy Cavendish with the International Baccalaureate, having also spent a foundation year at the School of Oriental and African Studies. History at Cambridge is an academically demanding programme, but Lucy Cavendish offers a wonderfully supportive community that allows students to fully benefit from the opportunities available. I have been able to challenge myself throughout my studies, and it has been a true privilege to have one-to-one supervisions with experts in the field. My particular area of interest lies in modern South Asian history, and the international network at Lucy meant I benefited from debates with students from the region about the issues discussed during lectures. I really encourage prospective historians to go beyond the comfort zone - subjects you were not comfortable with at the beginning may become your new academic passions!
I'm from from Norfolk, and have a background in environmental educational consultancy and web design, as well as an AQA Baccalaureate. Studying History at Lucy Cavendish has been a hugely enriching and rewarding experience. The weekly supervisions have been invaluable. I have come away from them buzzing from discussions with world-leading experts in the field, which have changed my thinking, both in understanding topics and presenting an argument. There is a wealth of resources, ranging from a well-stocked college library, to the Seeley and University Library 15 minutes away. Whilst as one would expect, the course is intensive and demanding, the College provides an incredibly supportive environment. The History community here is small, but there are many opportunities to discuss historical topics with those in other disciplines, whose perspectives shine new light on debates. Prospective historians, be prepared to be intellectually stimulated at a College whose own history is inspiring and thought provoking.