Ema Demir

Feeling at home at Fitz

Ema Demir started her PhD in Education in 2018 - here she reflects on the past two years at Fitzwilliam College as a mature student.

How do you feel about the celebration of 40 years of women at Fitz?
I feel proud to be part of Fitzwilliam College and carry the legacy of the women who pioneered as the first female members. These extraordinary women paved the way for us to pursue our own ambitions.

Do you have any advice for prospective undergraduate or postgraduate students?
Don't underestimate yourselves. There is a place for you where you make one.

Has anything surprised you about Cambridge? Have you faced any challenges?
As a mature student I was anxious about what it'd be like to be surrounded people so much younger than me, and whether I would feel old and out of place at College. But I couldn't have been more wrong. I felt at home straight away and I have made many friends. Intellectual conversations and friendships know no age boundaries!

What else do you do apart from your subject in Cambridge?
I am a teacher and also a very proud mum to three beautiful children.

Why did you choose Cambridge? What made you choose Fitzwilliam?
I chose Cambridge for my PhD because of the outstanding expertise of the Education Faculty. Fitzwilliam came with the package, and I couldn't have been more lucky!

Ema Demir