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International student life in Cambridge

Posted 13 March 2014
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I’ll start with saying that there are plenty of things you can do when being a student and living in Cambridge. Although some may disagree with me and say that this city is small and boring - don’t listen to them.

I’ll start with saying that there are plenty of things you can do when being a student and living in Cambridge. Although some may disagree with me and say that this city is small and boring - don’t listen to them.

During your first month you’ll be going around Cambridge, visiting famous sights, museums, University colleges and doing all the things tourists will usually do.  Don’t forget to go punting with your new friends and classmates when you arrive, it is so much fun! After those activities you’ll probably feel more confident to get around by yourself without a map. In the next couple of weeks choose something you love doing, like going to the cinema with a couple of your best friends or just relaxing and having fun, but don’t forget to do your homework on time and study in class.

Once you’ve  settled in, you can go on college trips outside of Cambridge, like Ely - an old, small city, famous for one of the biggest cathedrals in the UK; London; Stonehenge and other tourist destinations. If you’re 18 or older you can visit them by yourself, but it’s more fun with a group of people you know. Bellerbys also organises other kinds of trips, like going to a football match, or museums. For example, we have basketball club, which you can come to on any Monday or Wednesday after classes or football (Wednesdays and Saturdays) - don’t forget to check the time and place with our Social Events organiser or the Events Board. There are other sports clubs offered, like badminton, volleyball, tennis etc.

At the moment, the SRC (Student Representative Committee) is organising a Basketball Tournament for those who enjoy playing it. Friends come together and make their own teams and then compete with each other. As well as having fun, we will also raise money for  UNICEF (an organisation that helps children in developing countries), helping people in need and changing the world for the better.

To develop intellectually you can join our debating club, where you can learn how to express your ideas more clearly, compromise and discuss global issues among other skills.

There is also a music room with drums, guitars and pianos to help you to discover your new abilities or develop something you’ve learned before. There are classes on a Friday too so you can start or continue music tuition alongside your studies.

If you feel that you  want to try something new, you can easily join the SRC, where student representatives from our college in Cambridge come together once a week and discuss any student issues. SRC’s main responsibility is making students’ life at Bellerbys College comfortable and enjoyable. One part of this is organising big sporting events,  but we are also having a cultural event soon – World Book Day, where you can come and swap your favourite book with your friend and read their favourite one, and another significant celebration is Prom Night. To join the committee you just need to answer couple of questions about yourself.

There are many more things to do and see in Cambridge, this post gives you just some examples of what you can do. All you really need to do is have a look around and you will definitely find something interesting and something that will keep you busy.

Take care and hope I’ll see you soon.

Konstantin Mozgovoy

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