Nick Evans, Part IB
I am perhaps unusual as I did not actually study Natural Sciences in my first year; I originally applied to read Geography. After visiting the department, attending talks and chatting to the Earth Sciences' staff and students, I realised that Earth Sciences was the perfect subject for me. I first had to show that I would be able to cope with the Natural Sciences tripos, and then began my second year as a geologist. The department was very welcoming and helped make sure I was able to catch up with the work from Part 1A. The following weeks and the second year field trip to Cumbria confirmed that switching to Earth Sciences was one of the best decisions I've made.
Earth Sciences, unlike any other science, has done the seemingly impossible and combined fields as diverse as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. The fieldwork adds a unique dimension that no other subject can provide; there is nothing like being out in the open air, chasing contacts and exposures up streams and across mountain sides, something which the course gives you many opportunities to do. Indeed, the mapping project at the end of the second year will also allow me to travel all over the world.
The Earth Sciences Department has also got to be one of the friendliest and most sociable in the university - the other people studying geology, including those in my year, the other undergraduates, the PhD students and the teaching staff, are all very easy to talk to and get on with. Overall, Earth Sciences is a fantastic subject to study at Cambridge. My only regret is that I didn't start sooner!
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