Abbie (HSPS 2019) - Hi! I’m about to start my third year studying HSPS. This year I am specialising in Politics and Sociology. During my two years at Robinson, I have been able to get involved in a few college activities. These have included helping on the bop bar and being a member of the Women’s Netball Team. I have also been so grateful to work as the first Class Act Officer representing socio-economically disadvantaged students on the RCSA. This has included representing these students interests on both the Welfare Committee of the RCSA as well as the College’s Admissions Committee. These roles/activities have been so enjoyable and really helped me feel a part of the college community!
I’m really looking forward to speaking to alumni and to helping raise money for some of the extremely valuable causes at college. As a part of my role as Class Act Officer, I’ve really seen the help that bursaries can do and is a cause I’m glad to be helping raise money for. It’s so important to me to help make sure everyone can make the most of their time at Robinson!
Alex (History and Politics 2019) - I’m a History and Politics student from South London, about to go into my final year. I applied to Robinson because I was attracted to its modernity and community. Since arriving I’ve tried to contribute further to that community by becoming our ‘Independent College Councillor’, meaning I sit on the college’s executive body and get to oversee what all the various departments in Robinson are up to. I’m also co-president of our theatre company, Brickhouse, bringing live performance to Robinson and helping to support central university productions too.
Outside of College I’ve been extensively involved in Cambridge theatre, directing, producing, performing and writing for over 25 shows in the last two years. I also enjoy participating in student activism and sit on the SU’s ‘Ethical Affairs’ committee as the Justice for Workers representative. In my own time, I love writing and singing.
Working on College Council has opened my eyes to how important alumni funding is for supporting student welfare at Robinson, especially providing hardship funding, which helps make Robinson as accessible as possible. With the pandemic ongoing, hardship funding is more important than ever, so I’m really excited to help raise money for these worthy causes. I’m also looking forward to speaking to many of our alums to hear about the interesting lives they’ve lived since Robinson; I’m sure they’ll help inspire me ahead of my final year at Robinson!
Claudia (Medicine, 2019) -
I’m Claudia, a medical student about to start my third year in Neuroscience and Physiology of Cancer. In addition, I’m an international student from Barcelona, Spain. I have very much enjoyed these past two years at Robinson, despite the challenges it has faced with the global pandemic. I truly believe that Robinson College is a very welcoming environment, making a wide range of students from different backgrounds feel at ease.
I have been involved in various college sports societies such as netball and tennis, and this year I will become the captain of the women’s rowing team. On top of this, I have contributed to the Robinson College medical community, having been the Secretary of the MedVet Soc, and thus arranging several talks and social events for the students. During the pandemic, international students were significantly disadvantaged compared to national students, especially concerning travel restrictions, quarantines, and tests. Nevertheless, Robinson College has economically supported several international students, such as by paying for the high testing costs. As a result, I am looking forward to raising money for Robinson College to further support both national and international students.
Claudia (Education, Policy and International Development, 2020)-I am an Education student studying the Policy and International Development track going into second year. Alongside my studies, I’m really involved in Cambridge Theatre! I’ve had an original Brick House Theatre funded play called Permanent Marker on in the Corpus Playroom in my first year as well as a bunch of online radio shows (forced to adapt because of covid of course!)
I have also worked for EduSpots, an education and development NGO, since I was 17 and managed to travel around Ghana in my gap year for our conferences. Robinson has been a great social and bubbly place for first year despite the restrictions! We’ve definitely made good use of the beautiful gardens this summer. I’m really looking forward to speaking with Robinson alumni about their experiences and memories of the College, as well as raising important funds for bursaries, welfare, and broader college life, which as an educationist I am particularly concerned with!
Daisy (English, 2019) - I’m an English student from Essex just going into my third year at Robinson. I’ve enjoyed studying literature all the way from the Medieval period to the present day. This year for my dissertation I will be exploring use of poetry as a tool for social movements.
I’ve been very involved in college life in the last two years, having been the Vice-President of the Robinson JCR in my first year. Aside from having to arrange Freshers’ Week during COVID (a very daunting task!), I also got to push for changes in the college that pointed Robinson in a progressive direction. I’ve enjoyed being the Chair of the University-wide ‘Ethical Affairs’ campaign, focusing on climate and social injustice within the University. Next year I’m excited to work on the Student Union Women’s Campaign.
I look forward to raising money for the students of Robinson, many of whom benefit from the bursaries and funding opportunities provided by alumni. The Telephone Campaign will also be a great way to speak with alumni about the positive changes they’d like to see in Robinson.
Isabel (English, 2020)-
I’m Izzy, and I am studying English Literature. I am passionate about education, specifically issues around access and outreach. I play netball for Robinson, and enjoy debating and theatre. Currently, I am learning Arabic with the university language centre, it’s slow progress but I really enjoy it! Otherwise I can be found hunting for the best coffee shops in Cambridge, and watching the city’s cows.
I have massively enjoyed my first year at Robinson. The college system is such a huge part of what makes the Cambridge experience unique, and the friendly college atmosphere helped dispel many of my initial worries about fitting in at Cambridge.
Lorna (MML, 2020) - I am a languages student from Manchester. I am just about to start my second year studying French and German at Robinson. Outside of my studies I have enjoyed getting involved with student journalism and taking sign language classes.
I have loved my first year at Robinson; the college community is so friendly and welcoming, and we are so lucky to have such beautiful gardens right on our doorstep. I am looking forward to chatting with alumni about their experiences, both in terms of their time at college and what they have gone on to do afterwards.
Sam (History, 2020) - I am a History student from London and I am about to go into my second year at Robinson College.
When I am not studying medieval kings or the interwar economy, I am at the Red Brick Bar or involved in college societies. I am an avid football fan and I spend most Sunday mornings playing football as a striker for college. This year I will be captain of the second college team and cannot wait to organise matches, training, socials and potentially a football tour somewhere warm in the summer. I am also a member of the college Finance and Investment Society Executive Committee and the Whiskey Society, and an active and amateur participant in the French Society.
Sonali (MML, 2018) - I am a Modern Languages student at Robinson, currently finishing up my year abroad teaching English and travelling around Spain! I will be starting my fourth/final year in October, and I hope to specialise in Spanish and Catalan language and contemporary cinema and literature. On top of my studies, I am President for an annual show in Cambridge called Mastana and I work as a Cambassador and a tour guide of the city. I enjoy travelling, music, dance, acting and directing. I have absolutely loved my time at Robinson so far: the atmosphere and fellow students really make Robinson a welcoming and vibrant place to live in!
I am excited to talk to lots of alumni during the campaign about their time at Robinson, and to learn what graduates have gone on to do and accomplish since their time at Cambridge!
Tolu (African Studies, 2020) - I’m from London and I am studying a Masters in African Studies at Robinson. I focus on studying the intersections between gender, race and sexuality. I’ve been involved in lots of activities in my time at college despite joining in the midst of the pandemic such as the Athletics Club and many volunteering activities. In my spare time I love reading, exercising and getting involved in creating safe spaces for marginalised people. I have really enjoyed my time in Robinson so far and I’m hoping to get involved in more sports, volunteering activities and hopefully attend a May Ball in the coming year!
I am looking forward to the Telephone Campaign because I love talking to people and exchanging stories with Alumni that I might not have otherwise got to interact with. I am excited to participate and learn more about Robinson’s past whilst shaping its future.
Trisha (English, 2019) - I am going into my third year at Robinson studying English. Throughout my two years studying the course, I have become acquainted with a wide breadth of literature, and this year my dissertations will be focusing on the intersection between race, sexuality and masculinity, and the work of Robert Copland. During my time at Robinson, I have been on the RCSA as BME officer from 2019-2020 and the treasurer on the Alana-Cutland Feminist Society, as well as spending the last two years on the University Cheerleading team. As someone who has benefitted from the support offered by the college, I am greatly looking forward to raising money, so that Robinson can continue to offer the invaluable support. I am also looking forward to speaking with alumni and gaining their insight regarding Robinson!I am going into my third year at Robinson studying English. Throughout my two years studying the course, I have become acquainted with a wide breadth of literature, and this year my dissertations will be focusing on the intersection between race, sexuality and masculinity, and the work of Robert Copland. During my time at Robinson, I have been on the RCSA as BME officer from 2019-2020 and the treasurer on the Alana-Cutland Feminist Society, as well as spending the last two years on the University Cheerleading team. As someone who has benefitted from the support offered by the college, I am greatly looking forward to raising money, so that Robinson can continue to offer the invaluable support. I am also looking forward to speaking with alumni and gaining their insight regarding Robinson!
Zak (Psychological and Behavioural Science, 2019)- I am entering my third year at Robinson studying Psychological and Behavioural Science, specialising in cognitive psychology and developmental psychopathology. Over the past two years, my university experience (despite the pandemic) has been greatly enhanced by Robinson's relaxed atmosphere and tight-knit community. In addition, the sheer diversity of students and interests in college encourages a spirited social scene and means that regardless of how specific your interests are, you will undoubtedly come across like-minded souls. Due to these aspects, I have found being at Robinson a transformative and rewarding experience. I am therefore keen to help raise crucial funds for bursaries so future students can reap the same benefits.
To balance the academic side of being at university, I have also been involved in various extra-curricular activities ranging from being Robinson's May Ball Employment Officer to an active member of the CUABC. In the next academic year, I will act as Treasurer to the university's new Emerging Markets society which I have helped establish.