Women’s welfare officer for Fitz JCR Alexandra Jarvis (Modern and Medieval Languages 2019) reflects on the inclusive nature of Fitzwilliam College.
How do you feel about the celebration of 40 years of women at Fitz?
I’m so excited to be celebrating this momentous occasion - obviously I’m just sad that it’s only 40 years, compared with the long history of the University!
Do you have any advice for prospective undergraduate or postgraduate students?
Don’t be put off by the historic nature of the University; Fitzwilliam is one of the most welcoming, inclusive colleges and, regardless of what you study and where to end up, uni is changing for the better to be more diverse and representative.
Has anything surprised you about Cambridge? Have you faced any challenges?
The ease with which I’ve got used to life here, and the fact that I miss being around everyone at College when I’m at home! The biggest challenge was getting into the rhythm of working and splitting my time between working and socialising, but I’ve got better at it.
What else do you do apart from your subject in Cambridge?
I row, I play korfball, and I’m the women’s welfare officer on the JCR.
Why did you choose Cambridge? What made you choose Fitzwilliam?
I chose Cambridge because of the history of the university, and the fact that it was one of the best places for my subject. I was pooled to Fitzwilliam, but I love it here, and wouldn’t be anywhere else.