This week at Cambridge University we found ourselves well accustomed to the routine at Selwyn College. Waking up at 8:00am to the gorgeous dining hall where we had a wonderful hot breakfast each morning before heading off to our lectures. We had already become good friends with all the wait staff at the College and got to know them really well over the past two weeks.
I started my classes on “How the Immune System Works?” with Jonathon Lippmann an Undergraduate professor of Immunology from Cambridge University who gave us an incredible week discussing what the immune system is, its tolerance and autoimmunity as well as its hypersensitivity and transplantation.
After class, we have always made time to do a little exploring to try a new food place or just grabbing some gelato from one of the most popular food spots in Cambridge called Aromi. It was incredible being able to walk through the incredible Kings College every day not as a tourist but as a student of the University of Cambridge.
This week we also had 2 sessions which were a little different from our normal lectures, where we visited the Scott Polar Research Institute and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge as part of the Science Program.
The Scott Polar Research Institute is a centre for research in the polar regions and glaciology worldwide and is a sub-department of the Department of Geography in the University of Cambridge. It is also the house of the world’s most comprehensive polar library and archives containing incredible stories and original manuscripts relation to the polar regions, research and exploration such as those from Scott and Shackleton. The following day we visited the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology which houses the series of local antiquities and archaeological artefacts from around the world. This museum was opened in 1884 and contained several donations from three of James Cooks expeditions, it was truly incredible to see how much history was uncovered from across the globe and we were able to access it right here in Cambridge.
On our final night in Cambridge everyone began to feel the wave of sadness as we knew our time here had come to an end, especially after having such an incredible two weeks’ no one was prepared to say goodbye. We had our final closing dinner at 7pm in the Selwyn Dining Hall which was lit up with candles. After our 3 course meal we were all presented with our certificates. We had a great night out on the town to celebrate finishing what most of us agreed were the best two weeks of our lives, meeting incredible people from all over the world we were sure to keep in contact with forever.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking for inspiration in life no matter what career choice you have, being in a University with the most passionate professors who are top in their field gave all of us the motivation to pursue what it is that we love doing and excel in it. Cambridge gives all students the opportunity to meet people just like us from all over the world, who aspire to be the best at what they love. The friendships we have made there will certainly never fade because we have shared so many incredible memories that will last a lifetime.