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Cambridge university girl guiding?

She-Ra

Veteran (100+ posts)
#3
Hiya, there is CUSAGC (see above) and also there is a meeting at the beginning of the year where units that need volunteers can meet with students, so it should be easy to get involved with a unit.
Are you off to Cambridge university this year? I was there more than a decade ago, but if you have any questions I about student life I am happy to answer them.
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Natalie21

Veteran (100+ posts)
#5
Hiya, there is CUSAGC (see above) and also there is a meeting at the beginning of the year where units that need volunteers can meet with students, so it should be easy to get involved with a unit.
Are you off to Cambridge university this year? I was there more than a decade ago, but if you have any questions I about student life I am happy to answer them.
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Oh that's brilliant I would like to carry on helping with a unit if I have the time!
Yes I'm off to study Medicine in October, I'm equally excited and terrified!! Thank you for your offer, what college did you go to and what did you study? Did you carry on guiding while you were there or was that something you started afterwards? Thank you for such a quick reply!!
 

Natalie21

Veteran (100+ posts)
#7
For some reason I cannot reply to Hilary, but thank you very much for the link, and replying so quickly, it's exactly what I've been looking for!
 

She-Ra

Veteran (100+ posts)
#8
Hi Natalie, congratulations for getting into Cambridge. I had a fabulous time when I was a student there. I studied Natural Sciences (focusing on biochemistry and cell biology) at Corpus Christi college. I did the biochemisty and phyisology and pathology courses with the Medics as the NatSci and Medics courses often overlap.
I was very frightened before I went to Cambridge because I was from a State school in the North of England and my family had no history of higher education. I was worried that I would not fit in and that I only got into Cambridge by some sort of mistake. But my worries were unfounded. I found loads of people (in fact the vast majority) were lovely and very normal. I loved it and would recomend it to anyone.
The courses are quite hard-core and take up a lot of your time but you should still have some time for hobbies or socialising. I took a break from Guiding while at Cambridge and tried some different hobbies, but many students do help with local units.
I stayed in Cambridge for a year after I graduated and that's when I used CUSAGC to help me find a Guide unit who were very welcoming.
Which college are you going to be at? PM me if you want to chat or have any questions about what it's really like.
 

kt350

Brownie Leader
#9
Natalie, there are a couple of student only Brownie (and Guide, I think) units in Cam if you want to carry on with Guiding that only meet during the Cam term time. All those leaders are Cambridge students, but you would be very welcome in any unit, I am very sure.

As for being a student there, most people are really very normal. Cambridge student life is a bit odd but the students (I've been both a medical student and taught medical students here) who do best are the ones who embrace the oddities of Cambridge life while remembering there is a whole real world out there (beyond Parker's Piece!) If I can help, do PM me. I'll send you my email address in case there's ever anything while you are here.
 

MacG

Beginner (10+ posts)
GuiderPlus
#10
Hi Natalie
I'm in a Guide unit in a village on the south edge of Cambridge. Our county is Cambs East (https://www.facebook.com/girlguidingcambseast?ref=ts and http://www.cambseastguides.org.uk/) and we have lots going on! If you posted on our county facebook page what sort of unit you're looking for and where, I'm sure you'd get lots of response! You could also have a look at Join Us to see which units are closest to where you'll be, or if you're interested in finding out about our units, send me a message.
CUSAGC is very active and runs great projects for local units - my unit loves Forward which is a 10 mile incident hike that is run each March.
All the best with your studies here and let me know if you have any questions!
 

Natalie21

Veteran (100+ posts)
#11
Firstly thank you to all for such lovely responses - I did not expect any at all!

Hi Natalie
I'm in a Guide unit in a village on the south edge of Cambridge. Our county is Cambs East (https://www.facebook.com/girlguidingcambseast?ref=ts and http://www.cambseastguides.org.uk/) and we have lots going on! If you posted on our county facebook page what sort of unit you're looking for and where, I'm sure you'd get lots of response! You could also have a look at Join Us to see which units are closest to where you'll be, or if you're interested in finding out about our units, send me a message.
CUSAGC is very active and runs great projects for local units - my unit loves Forward which is a 10 mile incident hike that is run each March.
All the best with your studies here and let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you for the links, I've liked the Facebook page to keep me updated with what you guys are upto before I move in October (exam grades permitting!).

Natalie, there are a couple of student only Brownie (and Guide, I think) units in Cam if you want to carry on with Guiding that only meet during the Cam term time. All those leaders are Cambridge students, but you would be very welcome in any unit, I am very sure.

As for being a student there, most people are really very normal. Cambridge student life is a bit odd but the students (I've been both a medical student and taught medical students here) who do best are the ones who embrace the oddities of Cambridge life while remembering there is a whole real world out there (beyond Parker's Piece!) If I can help, do PM me. I'll send you my email address in case there's ever anything while you are here.
Ooh student only units sound good, as do any unit that would be willing to let me help!

Oh you studied Medicine at Cambridge!! What college did you go to?

^ Just realised you PM'ed me so I'll probably just ask you the same questions in a PM!

Thank you! :)

Hi Natalie, congratulations for getting into Cambridge. I had a fabulous time when I was a student there. I studied Natural Sciences (focusing on biochemistry and cell biology) at Corpus Christi college. I did the biochemisty and phyisology and pathology courses with the Medics as the NatSci and Medics courses often overlap.
I was very frightened before I went to Cambridge because I was from a State school in the North of England and my family had no history of higher education. I was worried that I would not fit in and that I only got into Cambridge by some sort of mistake. But my worries were unfounded. I found loads of people (in fact the vast majority) were lovely and very normal. I loved it and would recomend it to anyone.
The courses are quite hard-core and take up a lot of your time but you should still have some time for hobbies or socialising. I took a break from Guiding while at Cambridge and tried some different hobbies, but many students do help with local units.
I stayed in Cambridge for a year after I graduated and that's when I used CUSAGC to help me find a Guide unit who were very welcoming.
Which college are you going to be at? PM me if you want to chat or have any questions about what it's really like.
Wow - my friend is coming to Cambridge too and she is going to study biological natural sciences! I'll PM you! Thank you :).


Think this is what you want:

http://www.srcf.ucam.org/cusagc/index.php?l=home

there may even be some members on this site.
Thank you :D.
 

RainbowC

Brownie Leader
#12
I don't live in Cambridge now, but it's where I got back into guiding as an adult, just four years ago. We lived very near the city centre, and our Rainbows unit had a student Unit Helper. The Brownies also generally had a couple of students attached, too. Is a great place to live, and there's lots going on. I'm sure you'll have a great time :)
 

She-Ra

Veteran (100+ posts)
#13
Happy to help (and to message your friend if she would like). Whenever I get the chance I try and dispell the myth that Cambridge is only for rich posh people, or people with brains the size of a planet.
 

Natalie21

Veteran (100+ posts)
#14
I don't live in Cambridge now, but it's where I got back into guiding as an adult, just four years ago. We lived very near the city centre, and our Rainbows unit had a student Unit Helper. The Brownies also generally had a couple of students attached, too. Is a great place to live, and there's lots going on. I'm sure you'll have a great time :)
Thank you :D. I'm hoping to join a unit close to the city centre if possible!

Happy to help (and to message your friend if she would like). Whenever I get the chance I try and dispell the myth that Cambridge is only for rich posh people, or people with brains the size of a planet.
Aww thank you very much, that's very kind of you! I certainly am not posh, nor do I have a huge brain ;).
 
#18
Hi,

I also went to Cambridge (Jesus, Natural Sciences). I am from Manchester originally and was the first person in my family to go to University.
When I was there I was a member of CUSAGC. I would recommend you give it go I have lots of good memories from the group including jousting on punts, running local guide and scout events and having lunch every Saturday with the rest of the group.
I also helped at a Brownie Unit on Victoria road (out past Jesus) with a couple of other students and two town residents. I found it really nice to meet people outside the uni as it can feel like you are in a little student bubble.

Have a lovely time there, I met my best friends there and my Hubby you will meet lots of interesting people I'm sure :)

Zoe
 

Natalie21

Veteran (100+ posts)
#19
Hi,

I also went to Cambridge (Jesus, Natural Sciences). I am from Manchester originally and was the first person in my family to go to University.
When I was there I was a member of CUSAGC. I would recommend you give it go I have lots of good memories from the group including jousting on punts, running local guide and scout events and having lunch every Saturday with the rest of the group.
I also helped at a Brownie Unit on Victoria road (out past Jesus) with a couple of other students and two town residents. I found it really nice to meet people outside the uni as it can feel like you are in a little student bubble.

Have a lovely time there, I met my best friends there and my Hubby you will meet lots of interesting people I'm sure :)

Zoe
Thank you :D. I can't wait... results pending!