For Alex Duncan, the reality of studying at Fitzwilliam College, and the University of Cambridge, has met her high expectations.
Alex (Medicine 2020) says: “Cambridge has always been an aspiration. It’s amazing. Just being surrounded by all these people who want to learn has been a big thing for me.”
Despite joining in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alex is adapting well to life at Fitz.
“We did a lot of Zoom freshers’ stuff, and had group chats and stuff, so I recognised people from their profile pictures and things,” she adds.
“The JCR have been good, and being in Fitz makes you feel a bit safer, as part of a community.”
Alex knows the path she wants her career to take, even though she is only in the preliminary stages of her degree.
She adds: “I’d really like to do paediatrics. I did work experience at Great Ormond Street before coronavirus, and I was just completely in awe of everything that went on there.
“What I like about paediatrics is it’s still the whole body. I haven’t studied everything, but I’d like varied work.
“Dealing with parents as well as children, you have two sides of patients.”
As the Teenage Tutor, in Kent, Alex knows how to balance the demands of both children and their parents.
She launched the programme to support grammar school entrance exams, just before her GCSEs in April 2018, and it grew from there.
She now has 45 tutors working for her, and over 200 clients. Many pupils were not academic, but received support to pass exams.
Alex, who has taken a step back from tutoring since matriculating at Cambridge, is thriving among like-minded individuals at Fitz.
“When I’m FaceTiming friends, we’re not gossiping, we’re talking about this study one of us read. It’s a really interesting environment,” she adds.