Lara Brown in the president's chairTobia Nava

Lara Brown is a third-year English student at Downing College. After serving as both debates and speakers officer, Lara was finally elected president in Lent 2022.

Favourite book?

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Actual favourite book?

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What are you reading?

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

Where do you sleep?

In the Union President’s office.

Where will you be on Wednesday night?

The Free Press. R.I.P. Wednesday Cindies.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a megalomaniac?

Some are born megalomaniacs. Some achieve megalomania. Others have megalomania thrust upon them. I’ll let you decide which camp I fall into.

Who’s your favourite dictator?

Sacha Baron Cohen.

What’s the worst joke you’ve ever heard?

Social Contract Theory

Who’s your Cambridge arch-nemesis?

The person reading this.

What did you want to be when you grew up?


What do you want to be when you grow up?


What will be written on your gravestone?

“I told you so”

Where was your last kiss?

Now that would be telling.

Varsity or the T*b?


If that tiktokker asked you what song you’re listening to on King’s Parade, what would you have pre-prepared? 

A Lady of a Certain Age by the Divine Comedy

College formal with three people (dead or alive)- who are you choosing? The Master will also be present.

Jarvis Cocker, Jane Austen, and Mary Louise, Duchess of Parma.

Forget ‘Revs or Lolas’. Mash or Vinyl?


Biggest difference between Lara Brown the Union President and Lara Brown the friend?

About 215 votes.

What’s the key to happiness?

Battenberg Cake.

What’s the working title of your spill-all memoir?

What Went Right

How many copies will it sell?

About 215.


Mountain View

The student who gives advice on TikTok: ‘I got recognised for my personal statement advice in clubs’

What’s next for Lara Brown?

A well-earned nap at the end of my Union term. After that, who knows? There is an undeniable draw from Westminster though...

Any questions [for us]?

Are you going to behave this term, or am I going to have to teach you a lesson?