Your Emma Enables Stories

We asked members to tell us about their time at Emma and the differnce it has made in their careers and lives. You can read their stories below. We'll be updating this page frequently with new stories and we would love to hear from even more members. You can submit your own Emma enables story here.

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Mary-Ann — 'Emma enabled me to realise that I could cope with a heck of a lot'

Both disciplines of archaeology and anthropology are about human stories and the different ways we try to make a sense of the world and our place in it. I’ve always had that fascination and love being able to tell those stories and visit some amazing places.

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Jake — 'Emma enabled me to be part of something that I know I’ll be part of for life'

I was from a state school where very few people went to Cambridge, so I did a lot of research before I chose Emma; I really liked the paddock and being allowed to walk on the grass, it was not too big or too small, and the Alternative Prospectus said it was a very friendly college.

Thumbnail for Simon — 'I’m a great fan of Emma'

Simon — 'I’m a great fan of Emma'

I have great memories of my time at Emma. It was a turbulent time; in 1968, we closed the gates in case protestors were going to storm the college. I did quite a bit of acting and was involved in putting on a panto. I played cricket, which I kept up later, and rugby.

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Elaine — 'Emma gave me the ability to have a fulfilling and challenging life'

I went to an open day at Emmanuel and it blew my mind. There’s something very special about Emma. It’s a melting pot where everyone is treated the same, and it gave me the confidence to hold my own & not be intimidated by anyone.

Thumbnail for Richard — 'Emma enabled me to take many opportunities in life'

Richard — 'Emma enabled me to take many opportunities in life'

My year group at Emmanuel was the last all-male intake and almost 100% white. Coming from a mixed school I found it very strange, but I was glad to find a real variety of backgrounds, views and interests. Emma was an extraordinary opportunity to meet talented people.