Cambridge is shit. Let’s stop kidding ourselves.
After studying at Cambridge for nearly two years I’ve come to a startling realisation. I think it’s really shit here. Like, really shit. I mean, it has its moments. May Week was spectacular and I’ve definitely had many experiences that I don’t think I’d have been able to have at any other university, but the negatives far outweigh the positives.
Let’s start with the fact that I can just about bear the company of around 20 people in the entirety of my college. Of those, I’d be happy to call roughly 5 my friends. And it’s not like I’m unsociable or unpopular. It’s just that I find most of the people here either repulsive or boring.
Most people have no substance to them – they’re happy with the monotony of having a preplanned week – rowing, Cindies and chatting absolute bollocks. There’s no spontaneity. I’m finding myself frequenting the pubs on Mill Road to get away from the kinds of dickheads who think that drinking societies are cool. The whole university consists of the type of people who would have been bullied at my high school for being arrogant, nerdy pricks.
I’m finding myself more and more inclined to go home to acclimatize myself with normal people and it frustrates me constantly that people don’t wake up and realise how obnoxious they’ve become. I don’t want to talk about politics or blues or University Challenge, I don’t care about how difficult your subject is and how you’ve got no free time, just fuck off.
Speaking of Cindies, dear God the nightlife here is absolutely dire. The jokes about Cindies playing songs for 30 seconds have been done to death, but I’d rather kill myself than listen to “Circle of Life” again. I see pictures of club nights from back home – £1 drinks, 1p entry, rodeo bulls, free shots and wonder why I have to be stuck with four terrible clubs that play nearly identical music week in, week out: overcrowded, overpriced and over-sweaty.
Has Cambridge enriched my personality? Nope, I’m more cynical than ever. The university has destroyed my self-worth. It has the horrible habit of taking the best and brightest of the country and stripping away everything that they cherished as being valuable about their personality.
I’ve gone from being “Gifted and Talented” to a number, exactly the same as everyone else and completely average. Seeing friends at other unis easily getting 2:1s and firsts and struggling to maintain a 2:2 is the most disheartening thing to happen to me.
Am I getting my money’s worth? Hell, no. I’m paying £9000 a year to go to a handful of lectures and do a bunch of independent study. Of those lectures, only 1 or 2 actually benefit me in any way towards my exams. I’ve had to have Skype supervisions because my supervisors don’t have enough time for me.
I’ve not been prepared for my future; I don’t have a clue what I’m going to be doing with my life. All that matters is that I get my predicted grade and I’m struggling to even do that at the moment.
Honestly, the list just goes on and on, but I’ll stop there because I’ve nearly finished my application to transfer to Manchester University.