Meet our 2018 Telethon Callers
This year’s student callers have written some short profiles to explain why they decided to take part this year – read on to find out more!
We hope that you have the pleasure of talking to one of our student callers in September, to learn more about current life in the College as well as our exciting and ambitious plans for the future.
“I’m currently going into my fourth year of MML, studying French and German. Having just got back from my year abroad in Paris, I’m really looking forward to returning to Pembroke for my final year. I’ve absolutely loved my time at Pembroke, and have myself benefited from its generous bursary schemes and travel grants. I’m excited to speak to fellow Pembroke alumni, and to learn what they’ve done since graduating, as well as being passionate about the idea of future students benefiting from the same grants that I’ve had. During my time at Pembroke I’ve been involved with social societies, theatre and tutoring schemes, and hope to talk to some alumni that perhaps shared these interests during their Pembroke years.”
“I am a first-year student at Pembroke studying History. I have loved my time here so far – Pembroke deserves its reputation as the friendliest Cambridge college! When I’m not doing my degree, I love walking and running, I take part in the Jo Cox Feminist Society and I am a mentor for the Cambridge Project Access scheme. I also enjoy taking advantage of everything Cambridge has to offer from theatre to music nights. I want to do the telephone campaign because I want Pembroke to be even better for future students and the money it raises will be so vital for funding things like bursaries and the Mill Lane development, as well as hear about what alumni have gone on to do after finishing their degrees.”
“Hi! My name is Gareth. I am a recent graduate of Cambridge, where I studied for my MPhil in Philosophy as a member of Pembroke College. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Pembroke, and I am confident that the wonderful student experience that I have enjoyed here is very much a function of the vibrant, friendly and intellectually-stimulating community that we have here. I am very much looking forward to connecting with alumni and raising funds to help further develop Pembroke’s status as an outstanding institution to be a student.”
“I am a finalist studying HSPS at Pembroke. I have very much enjoyed my three years at Cambridge and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to give something back to the Pem community by working on the telephone campaign. I have enjoyed getting involved in various aspects of College and University life whilst being here, playing various sports for college and riding on the university equestrian team, whilst also being involved with the Union. As I head out into the world away from Cambridge I am really keen to engage with some alumni and hear about their experiences both here and in later life!”
“I am an Architecture student about to enter my final undergraduate year at Pembroke and am excited to be part of this year’s telephone campaign! I have thoroughly enjoyed my studies here as well as taking part in many of the other wonderful activities Cambridge has to offer – in particular, talks put on by the Photography Society, and visiting the newly reopened Kettle’s Yard Gallery. Throughout all of this, I have found Pembroke to be an incredibly welcoming and inspiring place – and am immensely grateful for all the generosity and support I have received.”
“I am a first-year physical natural sciences student studying physics, maths, chemistry and computer science in my first year. Outside of my study, I am an amateur pianist, and love to immerse myself in the beauty of classical music. I joined the Pembroke, Peterhouse and Downing Orchestra in my first year of College. This is my first time taking part in the telephone fundraising campaign, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to speak to some wonderful Pembroke alumni and help with the development of our beloved college.”
“I’m a PhD candidate in History researching religious identity and everyday dress in early modern Prague. I’ve been part of Pembroke’s community for many years, having previously taken my undergraduate and masters degrees here. During this time I’ve been a Graduate Rep for the Early Modern MPhil, a University CAMbassador working on access schemes and a volunteer with History for Schools. I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Telephone Campaign; I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received from college, ranging from academic development to funding for travel. It’s really important that the conditions for Pembroke’s kind and diverse environment continue so that others can receive the same opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to have.”
“Having been here for a year, I have so far loved my time at Pembroke studying Natural Sciences and am very appreciative of all the help the college has given me to do the things I most enjoy. This includes swimming, playing croquet with my friends, travelling and exploring in general. The college is a beautiful and inspiring place in which to learn and I think the telephone campaign is a great opportunity to talk to some interesting people whilst helping to raise money for the future development of such a friendly and supportive college.”
“I’m a first year History student at Pembroke College. I signed up to take part in the Telephone Campaign because I have already had an amazing time at Pembroke, and I am eager to be involved in a project through which I can help to raise funds to support the college and its students. Outside of my studies, I am one of Pembroke JPC’s Access Officers and so I assist with and help to run projects which try to improve access to the college and university for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am also a mentor for Project Access, and I played the flute in the Pembroke, Peterhouse and Downing Orchestra last term. In my free time I also enjoy dancing and going for walks. I am looking forward to speaking to alumni and hearing about their experiences at Pembroke and beyond!”
“I am a second year student studying Sociology and so far have been extremely impressed with both the academic and social aspects of my time here at Pembroke. Outside of my studies, I am very involved in volunteering and activism within Cambridge. I am also Women’s and Non-Binary welfare officer on the JCR and co-run the Jo Cox Feminist Society and I’m thoroughly enjoying being a very active part of life in college. I can’t wait to connect with alumni in the hope of raising funds for the continued evolution and development of Pembroke as a supportive and inclusive institution.”
“I am an MPhil student studying History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. I also completed my undergraduate degree at Pembroke, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. When not studying, I can most often be found playing sport – I was Pembroke Rugby Captain last season and represent the University at Australian Rules Football. I am very excited to be heading back to Pembroke after a long summer of travelling and, having also taken part in the Telephone Fundraising Campaign at the end of my second year, I am looking forward to again reconnecting with alumni and helping give back to College!”
“I am first year Middle Eastern Studies student learning Arabic and Persian, and since coming here I have become very involved with the Cambridge Hill Walking Club and spent many a night listening to the wonderful talks at the Union. I have adored my first year at Pembroke being part of an energetic community so shaped by the people that have been here before, so I can’t wait to be a part of the telephone campaign to get to engage with former Pembroke students and hear all about their time in Cambridge and what they’ve gone on to do since.”
“I have recently completed my degree in English after three years of study, during which I have developed my interests in art, film and modernist writing, and I continue to read for pleasure wherever I can. Being a member of Pembroke has given me the opportunity to get involved in a real range of other activities in college from croquet and darts to quizzing and debating and writing for Pembroke Street. I’m now looking forward to spending more time in Pembroke as part of the telephone campaign and connecting with alum, and embarking on beginning my career for the future.”