Orientation

Week 105: Gates Welcome Dinner

Orientation had finished for another year, and so we all felt completely exhausted and not many people didn’t sleep in on Tuesday. But there were still some Orientation activities to come. On the first evening back, the Gates Council were hosting their annual Yard Sale in the GSCR. Here, departing scholars donated all sorts of… Continue reading Week 105: Gates Welcome Dinner

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Week 104: Orientation 2019

Another year had rolled around, and another flock of new scholars were arriving in Cambridge. Most of the week was preparations, with a returning scholar’s briefing for Orientation being held on Wednesday evening. Not being in charge of Orientation this year meant that I could relax and not have to stress out when things weren’t… Continue reading Week 104: Orientation 2019

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Arrival · Christmas · Conferences · Cycling · Denmark · France · Mallorca · Music · Orientation · Parent's Visit · Politics · Reflections · Research · Scotland · Socialising · Sport · Teaching · Travel · Weekends

2016-17: Year in Review

The conclusion of the Orientation trip to the Lake District brings with it a moment for reflection and contemplation. For one, it is the culmination of months of work on a massive project which now leaves space to focus on new tasks. For another, it marks twelve months since I moved to Cambridge from Australia,… Continue reading 2016-17: Year in Review

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Orientation Day 4: Returning to Cambridge

For the final time of the trip, my alarm rang rudely early and I forced myself to get out of bed and through the shower. I had had very little sleep from the previous night, but there were still things that needed to be done. I made my way downstairs to find Emma, my fellow… Continue reading Orientation Day 4: Returning to Cambridge

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Orientation Day 3: Mountain Biking and Ceilidh

Despite being up quite late the previous night, it was my duty as co-director to, without too much sleep, get up early and ensure that everything was flowing smoothly. I was up before seven, ready to get breakfast and go. There were two optional activities in the morning: Michelle had insisted she lead a zumba… Continue reading Orientation Day 3: Mountain Biking and Ceilidh

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Orientation Day 2: Gorge Scrambling and Kayaking

Despite a late night the previous night where I had been first into bed, the second day began as the first out of bed to help manage the morning chaos. When I got up, Pedro was managing a few people in some morning yoga, a few people had gone off for a morning run, and… Continue reading Orientation Day 2: Gorge Scrambling and Kayaking

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Orientation Day 1: Travel to Ambleside and LfP Workshops

Despite a late night at the Old Meets New Pub Night, it was to be an early start for the first day of the Orientation Trip to Ambleside in the Lake District. I was up at around six o’clock, and Emma and Jacqueline were not too far behind. I had a quick shower, grabbed some… Continue reading Orientation Day 1: Travel to Ambleside and LfP Workshops

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Week 52: Pre-Orientation Preparations

For much of the week, everything was focused on the upcoming Orientation weekend. For pretty much the entire week, I was constantly answering emails, text messages and Facebook messages, all to do with Orientation. Emma, my fellow co-director, was much the same; she was going through a similarly stressful experience, but managing to put together… Continue reading Week 52: Pre-Orientation Preparations

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Week 51: Orientation Approaches

It was a week where the Orientation planning really started to build up. I was working for a fair chunk of the week to get the activity allocation algorithm working properly, and by the week’s end, everything was flowing relatively quickly and smoothly. The hiccups arose on Monday, when the hinge of my laptop screen… Continue reading Week 51: Orientation Approaches

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Orientation · Research · Socialising

Week 39: The Disappearing MPhils

It was a week where the summer really shone through. No longer were we trapped in the cool English spring; instead the sun came out and it was worth every minute to be outdoors, stretching into the late and bright evenings. It was also time to begin writing my first year report. Every first year… Continue reading Week 39: The Disappearing MPhils

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Orientation · Socialising · Sport

Week 34: Cygnets, Homerton Formal, Concerts and Tennis

The first non-work event of the week was the Orientation Committee hand-over. This had been arranged the week before and was an opportunity for some of our committee to meet with the previous year’s to discuss how the whole operation fell into place. It was also a good time for us to ask questions on… Continue reading Week 34: Cygnets, Homerton Formal, Concerts and Tennis

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Orientation · Politics · Research · Socialising

Week 32: Elections and Trinity Hall Formal

The week began with a rejuvenated spirit following my trip to Yorkshire. As per usual, the weekdays were filled with the usual schedule of working, lunch, seminars and dinners, but I was working on producing a calculation rather than reading papers, which spurred me on a little. In particular, I was looking at trying to… Continue reading Week 32: Elections and Trinity Hall Formal

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Cycling · Orientation · Sport

Week 30: Real Tennis

Aside from Easter Monday, this was a pretty ordinary and uneventful week. Each day would involve riding into the department, working, having lunch, working some more, going home for dinner and relaxing through the evening. That isn’t to say nothing interesting happened. On Tuesday, I went with Jacqueline to see another potential house for next… Continue reading Week 30: Real Tennis

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Cycling · Orientation · Weekends

Week 27: Traditional Birthday Punting

We had arrived back in Cambridge from Bulgaria very late, one of the last trains out from Stansted Airport. After a whirlwind adventure through Bulgaria, it was time to get things back on track and to some relative sense of normalcy. On the first day back, being a Wednesday, work resumed with the regular weekly… Continue reading Week 27: Traditional Birthday Punting

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Cycling · Orientation · Socialising · Travel

Week 25: Games at Trinity and Hiking in Thetford

My week began with the news that my long-awaited article had finally been published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. This is a huge relief to me and a big cause of stress removed. It means that, finally, I can fully concentrate on work here in Cambridge, rather than be constrained by outstanding… Continue reading Week 25: Games at Trinity and Hiking in Thetford

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Orientation · Research

Day 22: Darwin College Welcome Dinner

I went into the Cavendish in the morning only to leave straight away again; I needed to pick up a notebook before going straight to DAMTP for a lecture. This time, it was a course called Symmetries, Fields and Particles, something rather fundamental to particle physics. This lecture was about the preliminaries of groups and… Continue reading Day 22: Darwin College Welcome Dinner

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