Arqum Anwar

“Fret not where the road will take you. Instead concentrate on the first step. That is the hardest part and that is what you are responsible for. Once you take that step let everything do what it naturally does and the rest will follow. Don’t go with the flow. Be the flow.” - Elif Shafak (Forty Rules of Love)

Author Bio

A couple of years ago, I was just another frantic high school student trying to navigate through the daunting process of university applications. Like many applicants, the odds were certainly against me. Indeed, I am very grateful for the opportunity to study at Cambridge and all the experiences I have had as a Cambridge student. I hope I can share some of them through StudyAdvantage and reach out to aspiring students!

About

Hometown Karachi, Pakistan
Lives Cambridge, UK
High School Education A Levels, Karachi Grammar School, Pakistan
Studying BA in Biological Natural Sciences
Graduating 2019
Extracurriculars International Officer of Christ’s College Student Union, Secretary of Christ’s Am-Dram Society Events, Officer of Cambridge Pakistan Society, Interfaith Officer of Cambridge Islamic Society, Council of Christ’s Darwin Society (Science)
Interests Theatre, Rowing, Volunteering
Future Plans PhD/Research & Development – Pharmaceutical, FMCG/Consultancy

Posts by Arqum Anwar

Dreams and Decisions – Cambridge or Princeton (Part 1)

Published: November 10, 2016

Most students have a dream school or university from a very young age. I didn’t. Even during the summer before A-levels, the possibility of attending a university abroad was an unrealistic objective and managed to cultivate little personal interest. ‘Ivy League’ and ‘Oxbridge’ were terms that, while vaguely familiar, presented a utopian fantasy that I did not dare to envisage. Coming from a middle class family, the sticker price was immensely discouraging. In fact, it was not until I started my A-levels at Karachi Grammar School, that I reconsidered my stance and finally began to entertain the possibility. The odds…

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Cambridge Slang – A (Short) Guide

Published: October 25, 2016

Cambridge is a vibrant and diverse community. Students come from a variety of socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds and that contributes greatly to enrich the social scene at the university. However, there are also shared experiences that many Cambridge students can relate to. Almost everyone from Cambridge can tell you about the bizarre traditions that exist, and many will agree that our speech is heavily influenced by a variety of obscure words which only make sense within the Cambridge bubble. Unfortunately, these words may also appear on my blog posts so I’ll try to introduce you to this novel vocab list.…

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Hello from Cambridge! – Student Life at a Top University

Published: October 18, 2016

Hey Readers! I am a second year Natural Sciences (Cambridge slang: NatSci, like nat-skee) at Christ’s College, Cambridge. This is my first blog post and I wanted to share some introductory information about Cambridge. I will try and not bore you with too many facts. Motto: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra (From here, light and sacred knowledge flows) . University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is the second oldest university in the English speaking world, preceded only by Oxford (Cambridge slang: The other place). It is a collegiate university with 31 colleges (including women-only and mature-only colleges) that…

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