Thursday 29th April 2010 by C. Freeman
Former student Katie King has been back at Brooke Weston, working during her Easter vacation from Cambridge University. She completed her studies here two years ago, then returned mentoring students for a year.
Although she has started her degree in Natural Sciences at Churchill College, she came back for a four-week slot, overseeing Year 11 students who were taking their adult literacy and numeracy tests.
Katie, who is studying mathematical biology, chemistry, cell biology and physiology, has found Cambridge a very friendly and welcoming place to study.
'I've found that everyone is the same, no-one's really pretentious and everyone is really friendly, you do get the odd person who seems ridiculously intelligent but most people are on the same sort of level. '
She has lectures on weekdays and Saturday mornings and has four 'supervisions' which are teaching sessions for small groups each week. The workload for the eight-week terms can be intense.
'Depending on the subject and how good you are at it, the work can take anything from just a couple of hours per subject to staying up until three o'clock in the morning sometimes. The key to success is not putting the work off because there is just too much to do!'
Katie, who is hoping to have a research career, has enjoyed her time back at Brooke Weston: 'As I was here for the whole of last year it's been quite easy to return. It was nice to be back and the work with the students has been rewarding.'