I took Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics at A Level. I really enjoyed Maths and Physics and, as a result, Engineering was the right course for me. However, I wasn't entirely sure about what sort of engineering I wanted to do. This was one of the most important factors behind my decision to come to Cambridge. I thought the general nature of the course at Cambridge would be a great way to learn about all the different areas of engineering, and I wasn't disappointed.
Over the first two years, I found myself engaging in projects which ranged from designing and building a (small) bridge and writing software to get a robot to do a specific task. This helped me make a more educated decision about what sort of engineering to pursue. Furthermore, this was also a great way to develop a solid foundation to tackle engineering problems, which often require a variety of skills.
In my third year, I took advantage of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange programme and set off for (the other) Cambridge for a year. This gave me exposure to a new country, culture and approach to education. In my final year, I got to really buckle down, pursue my interest (which turned out to be fluid mechanics!) and do some real research as part of the fourth year project. Over the summer vacations, I had the opportunity to work at an investment bank and an engineering consultancy. All these experiences really helped me decide where to go next. In the end I found that I really enjoy research. I have just started my Masters/PhD in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at MIT.Cambridge itself is a lovely place, and I am really starting to miss it! I loved wandering around town, being surrounded by old beautiful buildings and lots of green spaces. While the course was hard work, I also had a great time socially - there are lots of things to do in the evenings and the weekends. The students come from a variety of backgrounds and it really is not difficult to find a group of people you can relate to and have a good time with.