Finn Manders
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Finn Manders

Finn came down to Cambridge from rural Scotland to begin her History degree in 2017. She has been part of the JCR Target & Access team at Fitz in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

I come from a wee village in rural Scotland and was the first person from my school in a long time to go to Oxford or Cambridge. We all (teachers, friends, parents, me) thought that I’d be the only ‘normal’ person in the place – in my head everyone else was going to be either extremely nerdy or very posh, and I’d just have to make do with it for the next three years. I’m also a queer woman, and that was something I worried wouldn’t have much place in Cambridge.

Thankfully, I was pretty wrong. There are people who are exactly what I thought Cambridge students would be like, and people from far more under-represented backgrounds than my own. I’ve made friends across that spectrum and done everything I can since I started here to be part of changing attitudes towards Cambridge as an elitist, traditional institution. I’m so grateful to the History Fellows for picking me out of the pool and supporting me consistently for the past couple of years – from the term I thought I wanted to switch degrees, through to my current desire to pursue a Masters in the subject!