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When I arrived at Jesus for my interviews, I fell in love with the beautiful, unique architecture. The open spaces and green areas made me feel at home, and I was determined not to let the opportunity to live and work here slip through my fingers. Our library has one of the largest Classics sections of any College library; it’s right in the middle of College and accessible 24/7.

Classics is a small subject, and only a few universities offer it at the highest level - I chose Cambridge because of the structure of the course. The linguistics element appealed to my scientific side, while the rest was the perfect blend of humanities subjects. The first year introduces all the different parts of Classics in an accessible manner, which lets you begin to specialise as you understand your preferences.

The Classics faculty has everything you could want. As well as an extremely well-stocked library, the Cast Gallery lets you get first-hand experience with accurate plaster casts of the most famous sculptures of the ancient world. The Mycenean Research facility houses tablet moulds from Linear A and B as well as other archaic languages so you can get to grips with ancient epigraphy.

The sense of community at Jesus is wonderfully comforting, and the College tries to mix up the accommodation for Freshers so you can easily form friendships (especially important when you’re in a small subject). My personal favourite thing at Jesus is the range of different societies and sports clubs. If you can’t find what you want, the students’ union is always happy to help you set up a new society!

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