Cambridge University Student Shuts Down Racist Trolls

YouTuber Courtney Daniella is a black, state school student who secured a place at the prestigious university for her brains, not her melanin count, as some trolls suggest

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Getting into the University of your choice feels pretty good. Heading over to the open day is nerve-wracking and exciting, while making sure you get the grades a tad more stressful.

Many of us only need to justify our acceptance onto our chosen course to the Professors who accept us.

Unfortunately, that isn't the case for everyone.

Video blogger Courtney Daniella, who touches on everything from relationships and make-up to mental health, has been open about her university experience on YouTube.

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With videos like 'My First Year At Cambridge', 'How We Got Into Oxford & Cambridge' and 'University Isn't For Everyone', she speaks frankly and honestly to her 30k followers about the reality of prestigious uni life, particularly in regards to her minority experience.

You may have seen a recent photo of the Cambridge University Afro-Caribbean Society go viral, due to the positive message it sent about encouraging black students to apply to the university.

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According to the Telegraph, recent stats show that in 2015 Cambridge accepted 15 black male students and 23 black female students (one of which would presumably be Courtney, since this is the year she began her course). This is, according to the Indy100, only 19 percent of the general admission.

With this in mind, Courtney Daniella's blog should really be celebrated. The message she sends to her viewers is one of hope as well as reality (since she does not sugar-coat her experiences).

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Yet, this being the internet, not everyone thinks this way.

The blogger and student revealed over Twitter that she had received a barrage of abuse, specifically regarding her place at college.

Not one to take things lying down, the 20 year-old Human, Social and Political Sciences student took to Twitter to dress-down those who were suggesting her race had anything to do with her place at Cambridge.

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Successful outreach programs for Oxbridge do exist, but they are in place to get people to apply to colleges - many schools aren't fully equipped to help students reach the interview stage. Said programmes do not exist to shoe-horn in students who wouldn't be successful on the course anyway.

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Thankfully Courtney pointed out there was nothing 'lucky' about her getting an A*and two As in her A2s.

The issue here, she pointed out, was obviously around her race. And if that bothered them...they knew where they could go.

These amazing Tweets obviously blew up and gathered thousands of likes.

No-one should have to justify to some random (jealous) trolls about their education. Though, thankfully, it looks like Courtney can more than handle it.

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