Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles

Student Travel Award winner, Alice White, is interviewing alumni during her trip to the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the profiles below and get to know some Cambridge alumni, where they are now, and what they have been doing since they left Cambridge.

You can get in touch with any of the alumni featured below and their respective groups through the Find an Alumni Group page.

Alice White

Alice White, PhD Candidate in Clinical Neuroscience

Why did you apply to Cambridge University?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished at UCLA. I’d grown up in England more than a decade before and I felt a draw to move “home”.

Read Alice's profile

Sarah Barrett Jones

Sarah Barrett Jones, read Linguistics at Trinity Hall

What advice do you have for current students or recent graduates?
I think it would be to make the most of your time there – because it goes very quickly.

Read Sarah's profile

Brian Beeston

Brian Beeston, President of the Cambridge Alumni Society in San Diego

What advice do you have for current students or recent graduates?
“A technical PhD and an English accent give you tremendous kudos in the US!”

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Kathryn Byrne

Kathryn Byrne, read History at Girton

What advice would you go back and give yourself at matriculation? Or what advice would you give a current Fresher?
Throw yourself into everything in your first term, meet lots of new people from a range of colleges and get a feel for the breadth of what the university can offer. 

Read Kathryn's profile

Gen Bouchard

Gen Bouchard, completed MPhil in Management at the Judge Business School

What advice would you give a current Fresher?
I would tell a current fresher to do as much as you can and travel as much as you can while you're in Cambridge, because time flies.

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Angela Clark, read English at Homerton

What advice do you have for current students or recent graduates?
Don’t be afraid to forge your own career path. Even the most traditional paths are changing now and job hopping, freelancing and working for yourself are all viable means of learning a trade and finding a balance between work and life that works for you.

Read Angela's profile

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Judy d’Albert, read Education at Homerton

What advice do you have for current students or recent graduates?
"Shoot for the moon, and if you miss you will land among the stars!"

Ready Judy's profile

Ed Elias

Ed Elias, read English and Gonville & Caius

What are your plans for the next five years?
I’m really enjoying my job, and I love my life in Sydney. In the next five years I hope to become an Australian citizen… and improve my surfing.

Read Ed's profile

Kirsten Van Fossen

Kirsten Van Fossen, read Engineering at St John's

What advice would you go back and give yourself at matriculation?
Enjoy the process and don’t worry too much.

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Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones, read Philosophy in International Relations at Trinity Hall.

What advice do you have for current students or recent graduates?
Take time to reflect on how spectacular and special the Cambridge experience is while you’re there, and be sure to talk to the quieter of your fellow students and Fellows as they often have the most fascinating things to say.

Read Lindsay's profile

Natasha Lepore

Natasha Lepore, read Part 3 Applied Math at Trinity

What advice would you go back and give yourself at matriculation?
To work less and sleep more.

Read Natasha's profile

Roy MacLeod

Roy MacLeod, read History and Philosophy of Science at St Catharine's

What advice do you have for current students or recent graduates?
My Cambridge life was so long ago that I don’t think any advice I might offer would be at all relevant to the current generation! But this I would say: don’t waste a minute of your years in Cambridge.

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Prem Sundaram

Prem Sundaram, President of the Cambridge Alumni Group in Los Angeles

What advice would you give a current Fresher?  
At Matriculation, and to a current Fresher, I would encourage you to spend more time meeting as many people in different colleges, as your own.

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Ben Tsuda

Ben Tsuda, read Computational Biology at Selwyn

What advice do you have for someone matriculating this year?
Enjoy! Cambridge is one of the most wonderful places in the world. It is an exceptional environment for both study and to make relationships.

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