Emily Lees

Fitz family is so supportive

Postgraduate student Emily Lees reflects on the Fitz family spirit she has enjoyed throughout her PhD in Biological Science.

How do you feel about the celebration of 40 years of women at Fitz?

I'm very excited for the celebration - Fitz has hosted and helped shape the lives of many remarkable women over the years, and one of the greatest things about the College is the pride that its members have and their willingness to support new members of the Fitz family.

Do you have any advice for prospective postgraduate students?

You can achieve whatever you wish to, and don't be afraid to ask for help - you'd be surprised how willing people are to share their expertise with you, and it's usually because they were once in the same situation!

Has anything surprised you about Cambridge? Have you faced any challenges?

The sheer amount of things it is possible to study, and how friendly people have been.

What else do you do apart from your subject in Cambridge?

I played basketball for the University for my first two years, and rowed for all three years, being joint captain of the Fitz women's side in my final year. I also got to take part in some of the musical events happening at Fitz and sing with the Queens' graduate choir.

Why did you choose Cambridge? What made you choose Fitzwilliam?

I was assigned to Fitz, but I couldn't now imagine having been anywhere else - the college suits me perfectly - I've made some incredible friends, and had so many opportunities to enjoy life outside of the PhD.

Emily Lees