Harriet Bradnock

Following in her family's footsteps

Undergraduate Harriet Bradnock followed two previous generations of her family to study Geography at Fitzwilliam College.

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

I'm very proud to be part of the community of women who have studied at Fitz and I'm pleased the College is celebrating this occasion!

Do you have any advice for prospective undergraduate students?

Enjoy your interviews (as much as this is possible!) - whilst they can be daunting, they're also a chance to have a really interesting and absorbing conversation with some top academics. Be genuine when talking about yourself and your achievements! Throw yourself into College life and get involved in things - be it a sport, something musical or something creative, there is so much cool stuff happening! And finally make sure you take a break from work now and again!

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

I think I hadn't expected how busy I would be and how intense Cambridge life could be! The most challenging thing has been having to choose between things I want to do, and my work. There's just not enough time to get involved with all the opportunities on offer!

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

I'm really busy - I'm involved in lots of things! I'm joint Women's Captain of the Boat Club this year and I row in our first boat. I've also taken up javelin with CUAC and managed to compete in the Fresher's Varsity (which we won!). I'm also design editor for Compass, the student geography magazine which we publish twice a year.

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

I actually have a family connection to Fitz - I'm the third generation of my family to come here and study Geography, so that did influence me somewhat! But I came to look round on the Open Day and genuinely loved the amount of green space Fitz has, the fact that it's a little way out of town and of course the really welcoming and laid back atmosphere!