I arrived in Cambridge on September 21st and the term started this past week. In short, Cambridge is beautiful and the academic environment is great. Here is a quick, list introduction to my time here so far.
- I live in Churchill College, established in 1958 and of course named after Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill College is primarily focused on science, math, and academics, and it is the 6th newest of Cambridge’s 31 colleges. It doesn’t have the classic architecture of some of the older colleges, and it is located outside of the city, but the space is nice and the people are great.
- I am a member of the Computational and Biological Learning Lab, where I am doing a Master of Philosophy in Engineering under the supervision of Máté Lengyel. I’ll talk more about the lab and my work in a later post.
- One popular and classic activity in Cambridge is to go punting on the River Cam. On the weekend before the start of term, I went with a large group of people from Churchill and punted for the first time!
- Trinity College has an amazing library, the Wren Library. Notable books in the library’s collection that I saw exhibited on a recent visit include Isaac Newton’s first edition copy of Principia, a handwritten draft and a first edition copy of Winnie-The-Pooh, and a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible.
- Cambridge is a city of bikes, but it is often nice to walk too. My walk from Churchill to the Engineering Department in the morning is beautiful and it is fun to explore new streets, passages, and buildings.
- I’m still working on finding my favorite food and coffee places. However, Hot Numbers is currently a favorite for espresso (it conveniently has a location across the street from my building) and The Pint Shop for some pub food and beer.