Congratulations on getting a place at Cambridge! I’m delighted to welcome you to Clare College, a truly wonderful place in which to live, study and socialise. It may feel daunting at the moment, but I have no doubt that you will find Clare not only intellectually stimulating and rewarding but also hugely enjoyable.
My name is Harry Peto and I’m YOUR President of Clare College. This means I lead a fantastic group of people (the Union of Clare Students Executive Committee) who strive to improve the lives of everyone at Clare, and have been working very hard to organise Freshers’ Week. I’m sure you will enjoy it; please try to relax and remind yourself that you don’t have to make a hundred new friends a day! We have compiled this guide to help you settle into Clare as smoothly as possible. It contains a wealth of important information about living and studying at Clare. Our fundamental aim is to emphasise that Clare is an incredible environment bursting with lovely people, and to get you excited for your time at Clare and in Cambridge!
Clare will be your home for the next few years – the place where you’ll work, eat, relax, socialise, and sleep – and it’s important for you to be aware of the extensive network of support available in helping you to make the very most of this great opportunity. A vital part of this is your “college parents”, whom you should hear from very soon. They have already been at Clare for at least a year and remember exactly what it’s like to be in your shoes. One of them will study your subject and they will cook you and your “college sibling”, another fresher, a meal on your first night as well as continue to be a source of support for however long you need it.
So while you’re waiting to arrive, do give this a read and get pumped for the time of your life! Clare is indeed a buzzing community, full of diverse individuals, each with their own attitudes, opinions and beliefs, yet tied together by a fundamental tolerance and appreciation of others. Crucially, Clare is not for any one “type” of person, and its nickname “the friendly college” is not mere propaganda. Anyway, you don’t need me to tell you this; you’ll discover it for yourself the moment you arrive!
My ultimate goal is to ensure your happiness and wellbeing. So, if you have any questions at all, or if you understandably just can’t contain your excitement any longer, please feel free to get in touch by email (hp342 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk), by phone (07580553393), or on Facebook 🙂
I very much look forward to meeting you all in a few weeks’ time!