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Jessica's Blog - Visit to Cambridge University

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Recently I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Christs Church, part of the University of Cambridge. The buildings at the university vary in many aspects, from age to style, and were simply breath-taking. The simplest things beautiful, from the grounds to the buildings.

Upon arrival, we listened to a talk about the process of applying to university, both in general and for Cambridge which gave us all useful tips for our own applications. The tips that we were given were the extremely interesting factors that could give us an edge against other candidates.

We were then taken for a tour of Christs Church College where we found out various things from the college, from the societies available to the traditions that occur. The campus and its grounds were one of the most stunning sights I have seen, beauty simply radiated from the college.

The true highlight of the day in my opinion was the visit to the main library for the University of Cambridge. We began by visiting the exhibition that they had which included the earliest ever evidence of writing and actual works by both writers and scientists. To see the real work that was done by people such as Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton, in their own handwriting was an amazing experience that cannot be put into words. When we moved into the main library it was beautiful. The library is one of the few which possesses a copy of all books published in the United Kingdom which shows how vast this library is. Everywhere you looked the books were countless and varying in fields to anything you could ever need for your work. Study spaces were located in all different areas, providing a perfect place for work to be done. The library really was a beautiful place which I aspire to visit again. Whilst touring the library we were lucky enough to walk past a well-known author and Professor of Classics at Cambridge, Mary Beard.

When you visit a place like Cambridge, you visit with certain expectations. But when I visited I found it wasn't how I expected at all, all the stereotypes I had pictured were blown away. It was such a beautiful place and the students and staff that we met there were some of the loveliest people I have met. 

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