Some dismiss students as snowflakes. But the pressure they are under is real – and anything that helps is important

The guinea pigs weren’t even my idea. And initially, I was sceptical. A little earlier in the spring, as the pressure began to mount ahead of final exams, our senior tutor at the Cambridge college where I am president decided to help relieve the stress for some students by acquiring four guinea pigs to be fed, petted and generally adored. Since our college is proudly feminist, three were given appropriate names – Virguinea Woolf, Emmeline Squeakhurst and Ruth Bader Guineasburg, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a US supreme court justice. Since we are also deeply committed to biscuits, the fourth guinea pig was called Oreo.

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