Year 12 students taking part in the shadowing scheme
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Shadows sample life at Fitzwilliam College

Fitzwilliam College students gave up their bedrooms to ensure 20 school pupils could sample life as a University of Cambridge student through the Fitzwilliam College JCR Shadowing Scheme.

There were 140 applicants to the scheme, which attracted Year 12 pupils from all three of Fitzwilliam’s link areas of Cumbria, Cheshire, and Hammersmith and Fulham, for the residential trip from Wednesday 20 November to Saturday 23 November.

The pupils travelled to Cambridge, experienced academic and social aspects of life as a student, and hopefully will remember the experience for some time to come.

An additional day was added to previous years, while 11 Fellows and PhD students provided tailored supervisions to give a flavour of one of the most valuable parts of a Cambridge degree.

JCR Target & Access Executive Finn Manders organised the event with Schools Liaison Officer (SLO) Katherine Drew. 

Finn said: "As the JCR's Target & Access executive, the highlight of the year is working with our SLO to organise and run Fitz's shadowing scheme. 

“The opportunity for the shadows to meet students and experience university life - from academic supervisions, to chatting over buttery dinner - is invaluable. 

“The students this year were engaged, passionate and great fun to work with, and I think all got a lot out of the experience! 

“Our team of student mentors gave up hundreds of hours between them over the course of the scheme, as well as donating rooms for them to stay in, and I'm very grateful to everyone who took part for making it such a successful few days."

Finn and Katherine are particularly grateful to the students who gave up their rooms to their shadows and were valuable mentors.

More information on the scheme, which will take place again in 2020, can be found on the Study with us section of our website.

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