Hi, everyone! I hope this post finds you well, and also, Eid Mubarak for people who are celebrating it!
|Eid prayer near Cambridge University.|
So, as I told you before, I am now settling in Cambridge, UK, and going to study in University of Cambridge for the next one year under Cambridge-MIT Exchange Program, which is possible because of BP sponsorship. Thank you so much, BP!
So, how does it feel to be in England and Cambridge for the first time?
After I gathered with 15ish other MIT exchange students in the airport, we headed to Cambridge by a coach bus. When I arrived in my college, St. Edmund’s, I was surprised by how beautiful this place was.
Despite the fact that it’s the beginning of October already, the grass is still beautifully green, and the trees just started to turn orange. The weather is a bit chilly (since I came from Indonesia), but nonetheless, this place is so picturesque (here you go, SAT word!).
|Punting in Cam River, anyone?|
There are so many terms which only Cambridge students use here; for instance, they call disco as ‘bop’. There is also something called ‘punting’, as you can see above. Basically, you row using a flat-bottomed boat, using a pole that reaches to the bottom of the river, so you can push the boat forward. It is a tradition in England, and both Oxford and Cambridge have this.
Cambridge University system is really different than MIT system, so I’m having a hard time adjusting to it. However, don’t worry, in no time, I will be running with everyone else here, haha.
They have 31 colleges, which are basically dormitories in American college sense, but these colleges are ‘super-dorms’ because they are not only responsible for your accommodation, or meals, but also your academic life, and your well-being in general. Each college, for instance, has so many faculties from different departments who responsible for supervisions (MIT term: recitation, but in a group of 3-4, basically trying to go deeper from what have been taught in the lectures). Each college also has its own societies (MIT term: clubs, basically extracurricular activities), ranging from sports to music, from religion-related to arts. So, the colleges are integral parts of living in studying in Cambridge.
Each college also has its own gown, and each level of study also has its own gown. What is a gown? It’s basically an academical dress that is worn during formal college occasions. I had to wear one for my induction, and it’s quite expensive, 35 Pounds. However, I’m considering it as a good investment because I want to get involved in my college events and make the most out of them.
|St. Edmund’s College (my college) undergraduate gown. Notice the blue button in the arms? Ignore my face, thank you.|
My college, St. Edmund’s College, is a little bit far from CUED (Cambridge University Engineering Department), where I have my lectures. According to Google Maps, which means, if I walk fast enough, I can reach my department in 25 minutes.
However, when the weather is still relatively warm like now, I don’t mind walking down the street every day. It is just so beautiful!
|King’s College, one of the oldest and most beautiful college in Cambridge.|