(upbeat music) – [Martin] I’m Martin Luk. I’m a second year economist
at Trinity College Cambridge and I’m also the president of the Cambridge University
Finance and Business Society and I’m also the Overseas Welfare Officer of the Trinity College Students’ Union. (upbeat music) – [Martin] A day in the life
here can’t really be classified in one particular type because there’s always so much going on. But, I guess, for me I
normally wake up around eight to go to lectures at nine and then normally I’m at the
lecture site from nine to one because sometimes there are
breaks between lectures. And so, after one, I go grab lunch, and after lunch go back to my room and study for a little bit. And then, more often than
not, I’ll have a supervision in the afternoon or some sort of meeting that I have to go to. And then, in the evening,
it’s usually either a dinner with the Finance Society
or a dinner with friends or some sort of, possibly
some wine tasting or something like that. And then, in the evening
it’s much more sit down and look over notes, look over lectures, do assignments and maybe sleep. During weekends, it’s a lot more relaxed because obviously you don’t have lectures. Every so often because
we’re so close to London, maybe halfway through the term, when the term’s really getting to you, you can catch a train, take 45 minutes to go to London
and maybe have the day off. So that’s something I
can do maybe once a term just to get away from things; get away from the Cambridge bubble. (upbeat music) – Tell me a little bit about what it means to be in Trinity College at Cambridge. – I think it’s really just
a very unique experience because being at one of the
most prestigious universities in the U.K., and if not the world, is a really strong privilege to be here. And also, I think that
having all the history and seeing all these buildings that are hundreds of years old, and the very same path
that Newton and Lord Byron and all these very
intellectual people walked, I think that really makes
you have a very special sense of place. And I feel that, yeah,
it’s a short time here; it’s only three years, so every single day walking
past the Great Court Fountain, taking in everything you’ve really gotta make
sure you make the most of it. (upbeat music) – Cool fact about this
place is that apparently, this was place in which Newton
tested for the speed of sound Apparently, he just stood
at one end of this hall and just clapped and
(claps once) you can hear quite a distinct echo of the hand clap and this is how he tested
for the speed of sound using a pendulum or something like that. – Can I try? – Go for it. (claps) (both laughing) – It’s like there’s another me
(Martin laughing) (upbeat music) – So, outside of class, can
you tell me a little bit about the different clubs and
organizations you’re involved in? – Sure, so outside of
class, Cambridge is renowned for it’s many, many different societies. There are both societies within colleges and also outside within Cambridge. The one that I spearhead is the Cambridge University
Finance and Business Society. This is more along the
lines of career societies. So, what the idea behind these societies is that they help connect
and host networking events, company presentations, to
help connect the students with firms and, for example, in London so, for example some big investment banks or asset managers might
come and speak to students about what it’s like
to work in the industry and we help them by
advertising to students via Facebook and via email
and things like that. And we also have many different
social events as well. We have many dinners, we
have drinks and things to really get students to meet with people who want to pursue or are
interested in a similar career. – How cool, so you’re sort of
connecting these big companies with a bunch of really talented people. – Exactly, exactly. So,
it’s a two-way street. A lot of firms, in particular,
like to headhunt in Cambridge because it’s, you know, we have a lot of very talented people. So, for us it’s very–it’s
a great experience to work with firms who
want to find the best of Cambridge talent. – So, tell me a little about what it means to be the president of the society. – I think it is quite a lot of work because as the president you
are essentially in charge of a committee of around 18 people. And, you are the main point of contact between the society and
all your sponsor firms. So you’re sending emails and taking calls from all of these people from these very famous big institutions these big banks, so it’s
quite nerve-racking at first but I think it’s a very
good leadership opportunity to really get involved
with things that do matter. You know, all these companies,
they spend a lot of money hosting these events in Cambridge and it really matters to them
to get the best of talent for every single year. For me, it was good to meet and really get to work with people who like the same industry that I was in, but also the problem-solving,
the handling decisions and the very stressful situations. And, also being sociable at these dinners, meeting and networking with
many people around the industry, I think is a very worthwhile experience. I would highly suggest
anyone to give it a go. (upbeat music) – Tell me a little bit
about the program overall. What does the degree require? How many hours per week are you in class, that sort of thing. – Okay, I think for me it
is a three year degree. In the first year we take five papers and then afterwards we take four. For me, the Cambridge economics course, I think that’s quite math-based. But, having said that,
there are also many papers that have essay writing in it. So in the first year, there’s
quite a lot of variety. We take things like microeconomics, macroeconomics, and maths. But, we also have two interesting papers. One called politics. So, it’s politics and
social aspects of economics and another is British economic history. Those two are much more reading papers where you have to look
into more research papers and really go into a more
holistic view of economics. Whereas, the first – the
micro, macro and maths – are much more theoretical-based. I think there’s a quite nice mix of that. Especially when you get into
second year and third year, in second year you get
a choice of one paper and in third year you get
a choice of two papers. So you can very much tailor your course to what you are personally interested in which I think is really great. – [Interviewer] In terms
of your experience here now that you’ve been here for a while, what have you found has been
the most surprising thing? – [Martin] The most
surprising thing, I think, is just how quickly time passes. Because when I came here, I thought it would be a lot
of study, very high-pressure, but in fact, life is so independent and so varied around here, every day could vary from
a full day of studying to a full day of meeting
people, networking, having meals with friends. So, just a huge variety
in how much you enjoy it. I think, for me, I came here thinking that I’d really have to stretch
myself to use every single second to make sure I understand
every bit of my notes and things like that. But, in reality, there’s
a lot of people around to help you out as well. There will be friends who always are there to have a chat with you if
you’re feeling a bit down and there will be multiple people having the same essay crisis. – Right. – So it’s really a great big community which I really enjoy being a part of. – [Interviewer] If you were
to give advice to someone who is overseas, thinking about
going overseas for college for university, what
advice would you give them? – I think it would be to be
bold and be daring, I think, because, for me, coming from New Zealand you had no idea where your
standing was against the people across the world, the people from Eton or from very similar very
`prestigious high schools around the U.K. and around the world. I think it’s just to believe in yourself and really go out and try
everything that there is to offer that the world has to offer. Because, I think, if you
don’t apply to these places, and you don’t give it your best shot then you never really know-
– Right where you could end up. (upbeat music) – If you like this video
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