Meet Our Callers

Find out more about this year's student callers, including their hobbies and interests, their favourite thing about Emma and what they're most looking forward to about speaking to members in September.

Photo of Seb (2nd Year, Medicine)

Seb (2nd Year, Medicine)

Best thing about Emma?

The amazing sense of community and clubs and societies!

Favourite place in College?

The Paddock, especially in Easter term with lovely weather and ducklings waddling about.

Hobbies and interests

I’m very into sport, especially athletics which I hope to someday get a blue in but I’ve also loved the no pressure and friendly environment of college hockey and football.

What are you most looking forward to?

Chatting to a wide range of Emma alumni and hearing their stories about Emma and what they’ve gone on to do!

Interesting fact about you?

I’ve fractured both my knees doing long jump.

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Jonathan (3rd Year, Natural Sciences: Chemistry)

Best thing about Emma?

The best part has to be the people I’ve met here, everyone is so lovely and welcoming!

Favourite place in College?

The duck pond, as it is such an idyllic place to read next to in summertime when all the flowers are blooming on the Paddock!

Hobbies and interests

I really enjoy playing viola, having performed in a wide variety of orchestras during my time at university. Alongside my degree I am learning French and play badminton casually with Emmanuel College Badminton. In my down time, I enjoy origami or reading with a good cup of tea!

What are you most looking forward to?

The opportunity to meet an array of alumni and hear the stories they have to share about their experiences of Emmanuel.

Interesting fact about you?

I have played in a concert at King’s College Chapel which was a very exciting and surreal experience!

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Laura (2nd Year, Engineering)

Best thing about Emma?

The social community and the beautiful scenery.

Favourite place in College?

I love sitting on the Paddock, especially at golden hour in the evenings.

Hobbies and interests

I am a big fan of rock music and like going to gigs. I also am very interested in sustainability and the environment.

What are you most looking forward to?

Meeting interesting people that have been to Emma and finding out where their lives have taken them after they left.

Interesting fact about you?

I live on a farm.

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Gaby (3rd Year, Geography)

Best thing about Emma?

The incredible community of people – Emma feels like a home away from home.

Favourite place in College?

The Paddock because you are always bumping into people and it’s a lovely opportunity to catch up with those you might not regularly see while taking in Emma’s beautiful view.

Hobbies and interests

I’ve loved being involved with student journalism during my time at Cambridge, being Editor of Varsity in my second year. I’m also passionate about charity work, volunteering with Streetbite (a student-run homeless charity) and Solidaritee (a student movement supporting asylum seekers) since I started University. I also love live music and wild swimming.

What are you most looking forward to?

The opportunity to chat with alumni and hear about their experiences at Emma and what they have done since leaving college!

Interesting fact about you?

I climbed Kilimanjaro with my family when I was 16.

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Bea (2nd Year, Linguistics)

Best thing about Emma?

The welcoming and friendly atmosphere – I love feeling like I can walk around college and start a conversation with absolutely anyone.

Favourite place in College?

The Fellows’ Garden - in particular, the Oriental Plane.

Hobbies and interests

I love getting involved in college life. For instance, I am part of the women’s football and mixed netball teams, and enjoy working at the college bar.

What are you most looking forward to?

Hearing anecdotes and learning more about past students’ experiences.

Interesting fact about you?

Despite being at Emma, I actually sing in St. Catharine’s choir and have done since I was 15.

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Orla (2nd Year, Music)

Best thing about Emma?

The best thing about Emma is its close-knit community. It almost feels like having a second family!

Favourite place in College?

My favourite place in college is the chapel. Not only have I been able to sing and listen to some gorgeous music there, but it’s such a lovely place to go for some peace and quiet on a busy day!

Hobbies and interests

In my free time I sing, play the piano, clarinet and a little bit of the ukulele. Chapel choir very quickly became my favourite part of the week once I joined Emma, and since then I love to sing with people every chance I get! I also love to read and sample the coffee of all of the local Cambridge cafes with friends.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to speaking to new members of the Emma community and, in doing so, raising money to help support other Emma students and projects.

Interesting fact about you?

When I was 16, I worked at Legoland as an entertainment assistant, compèring shows and helping out with character meet-and-greets, all while dressed in an extra-large red jumpsuit!

Photo of Peter (MPhil, Classics)

Peter (MPhil, Classics)

Best thing about Emma?

The ducks – and all the great people I’ve met here!

Favourite place in College?

It would have to be the Paddock – whenever I walk through it I feel so lucky to be able to call such a beautiful place my home! I have so many good memories of lunches outside with friends in the summer, relaxing on the grass and watching the ducks in the pond.

Hobbies and interests

I’ve really enjoyed being involved with societies such as CUUNA (Cambridge United Nations Association) and student journalism (Varsity and the Cambridge Globalist). I’ve also had fun rowing and playing mixed lacrosse for Emma!

What are you most looking forward to?

Talking to people about their time at Emma and comparing my time at college with theirs - it will be interesting to see how many aspects of life at Emma have remained the same.

Interesting fact about you?

I’m Canadian as well as British and would love to live there some day!

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Charlotte (2nd Year, Economics)

Best thing about Emma?

Everyone is so warm and welcoming; you feel at home instantly. (Also, the porters are mint!!)

Favourite place in College?

Definitely the Paddock. It’s so easy to forget that you’re in a big city because it’s so calm and quiet.

Hobbies and interests

I’ve taken up badminton since coming to Emma, which is great fun. So much so that I’m women’s co-captain for Emma badminton this coming year, (equally nervous and excited). I also love baking, much to the enjoyment of my family.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m excited to speak to college alumni and talk to them about college life. It’ll be really interesting to see how college has changed over time, and to hear what people have done since leaving.

Interesting fact about you?

When I was younger I was on a Blue Peter episode talking about football, despite never having played a game of football.

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Sam (3rd Year, Natural Sciences - Biological)

Best thing about Emma?

The friendly atmosphere. Emma isn’t just the college site and grounds – the people at the college are what make it such a special community.

Favourite place in College?

The Paddock. It’s just so pretty and peaceful, you almost forget you are in the centre of a busy city! Also, the ducklings are so adorable.

Hobbies and interests

I’ve always enjoyed swimming – I’ve swam competitively in the past and also got involved in wild river swimming in the Cam. I’m also a big foodie and enjoy cooking (you have to get creative using the gyp rooms at Emma)!!

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m most looking forward to chatting to alumni. My experience at Emma has been so positive and I would love to hear all about other people’s experiences.

Interesting fact about you?

My most successful achievement to date is winning the Mario Kart wii tournament in year 4!

Photo of Joel (4th Year, Engineering - specialising in civil and structural)

Joel (4th Year, Engineering - specialising in civil and structural)

Best thing about Emma?

The laundry service! Having your laundry done for you is always a massive help and the staff are so friendly.

Favourite place in College?

The Queen’s Building - as a structural engineer the combination of masonry and timber fascinates me and the venue is perfect for supervisions and other large functions.

Hobbies and interests

During my free time, I enjoy teaching Aikido, mostly to the students of Cambridge University and compete at a national level leading the university team. I am also the training officer for the university Scuba diving club.

What are you most looking forward to?

Talking to alumni and finding out about their experiences at Emma.

Interesting fact about you?

While working as a divemaster in Greece, I assisted in the rescue of a sheep trapped in a waterlogged cave.

Photo of Jacinta (3rd Year, Medicine)

Jacinta (3rd Year, Medicine)

Best thing about Emma?

How active and involved our college community is – there’s always something for everyone at Emma.

Favourite place in College?

Definitely the Paddock – it’s really lovely and peaceful, especially when it’s sunny and the ducks are out in masses by the pond!

Hobbies and interests

I really like sketching and writing stories – the cliché of staring blindly out the window when I’m out of new ideas is actually really effective when I’m looking out into somewhere as pretty and as inspirational as college! I also enjoy playing badminton, even if I’m more likely to hit myself in the face rather than the shuttlecock most of the time.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m really excited to speak to alumni and get to know their own unique experiences and memories of Emma. It’ll be intriguing to see how college life in the past compares to college life now!

Interesting fact about you?

I think puns are the highest form of humour and not the pun-ishment other people make them out to be.

Photo of Alistair (2nd Year, Natural Sciences)

Alistair (2nd Year, Natural Sciences)

Best thing about Emma?

The relaxed nature of the college, despite being in the middle of a city.

Favourite place in College?

The Paddock, especially when there are ducklings!

Hobbies and interests

I am a part of the Cambridge University Pythons American Football team, playing as a Running Back. I also enjoy playing both Cello and French horn, so I'm looking forward to music groups being able to start next year.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m excited to find out what people have gone on to do after studying at Emma.

Interesting fact about you?

I played in the Old Boys game for Emma Cricket, bowling 15 overs in succession.