Enrollment in the university of Cambridge is like a ritual in this traditional university. It’s like almost going back into time as well, with all the formal matriculation processes, the setting, formal dress robes and formals to go through to welcome the new cohort. As exclaimed by the seniors, it’s like a “rite of passage, with my great things to come”. I am now officially enrolled and warmly welcomed into Cambridge as a fellow student. All university matriculation are done by the college Praelector, in my case was Dr Brian Cox. His primary role is to matriculate all new undergrad and post grad members of the College. As stated on the student welcome pack: This is a traditional formal registration of the student as a member of the University and the College.
In addition, all students are welcomed into the college with a matriculation formal hosted by the president of the college himself. This is done by department and usually begins with a drinks reception in the President’s lodge before heading to the formal dining hall for the 5 course meal served on the long table. Very much like what you see in traditional English dining halls or in relation, like the dinner Harry Potter had in Hogwarts. The dinner is interesting, I got to meet many different people from all walks of life, not to mention learning about their country, cultures and food alike. A very sociable atmosphere indeed which I am liking in stark contrast to the lifestyles back in Singapore. People are more open, friendly and approachable here.
One college formal done! With 31 different colleges in Cambridge itself, it will be a feat, not to mention an achievement if you are able to conquer all the formals in all the colleges before graduation. 30 more to go!