Thursday, March 10, 2005

Cambridge details...

For anyone interested, here's the college where I will be staying during my first year. Colleges aren't quite like dorms in the U.S. - I'm still figuring out the system, but they play an integral part of university life for undergraduates. I believe they actually oversee undergrad education. For graduate students, colleges seem to be more of a place to develop one's social life and find affordable food. New Hall is an all-female college about 15 minutes walking distance from the center of the university. I went out to visit it on our trip this January - it's quite large for being a "smaller" college!

My department and program both look fantastic. The staff and faculty are extremely friendly (and overwhelmingly intelligent, accomplished people). During my course of study, I'll complete a 1-year Master's degree and a 2 or 3-year PhD. They don't require student teaching at UK universities, so the time to completion is much shorter than in the US. I can't decide whether I'm elated by that news or completely terrified by its implications - do I really know enough to be that sharp once I start coursework there? Guess we'll find out...

1 comment:

Michael said...

So, *which* scholarship to Cambridge did you get?