Matriculating to study History in 2017, Adam has appreciated Fitz’s challenging of stereotypes.
In almost every way I meet the traditional Cambridge stereotypes: I'm middle-class, privately educated and have family and friends who have been to Cambridge. Until this project got started it had never occurred to me to think that I challenged any of Cambridge's stereotypes, but I think that all depends on your perception of what those stereotypes are. Perhaps it's not Cambridge's most obvious stereotype, if only because it applies to most universities, but one label which I don't fit into is being politically left-wing. Not that I'm all that right-wing either, but it's certainly left me disagreeing with lots of my friends in political discussions and being frustrated by student union politics.
Fitz has been the community that has itself challenged Cambridge stereotypes. It doesn't look anything like a monastery, and that does a good job of creating a more laid-back atmosphere. I think this has helped it to attract a wider range of applicants than a lot of other colleges. And that diversity is the solution to every Cambridge stereotype, not by removing them entirely, but by making them just one part of a much larger story. For me that's meant that political discussion is much more open and friendly than I might otherwise have expected.