What course do you study, and why did you choose it?
I study History and Politics, because it was the degree I wanted to do! I have a real passion for both history and politics and when I learned Oxford offer it as a degree I really wanted to take it.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you take part in any societies or sports?
I take part in the university boxing club, which may sound daunting but it’s really not, the coaches are lovely! It’s also great to have a place where you can get away from your studies a bit. Thankfully Catz offer a clubs and societies individual grant so I got my subscription fees for the club reimbursed which was really helpful! I also play college football and pool, both of which are really relaxed and fun environments. I’d hugely recommend getting involved in clubs and societies, it really does make Oxford more enjoyable and is great for making friends!
Why did you choose St Catz? Did it meet your expectations?
I chose St Catz because I’d heard it was the most modern college and it had quite a different vibe to the other ones, which is definitely what I found after visiting different colleges. They’re great, but I thought that Catz felt more like a normal Uni experience than a quintessential Oxford experience, and that’s exactly what I was looking for. Catz has hugely surpassed expectations, the people are great, the location is great, and it’s got a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive atmosphere.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Enjoy [your time at University] and make the most out of it! You’re only at Uni for a couple of years (unless you’re a medic or decide to continue your studies!) and it’s a great chance in life to make memories and make friends. Oxford is what you make of it, and while it’s important to come here and make the most of the teaching and degree, you also get the chance to make the most of the friendships and memories you’ll make too.
What are you hoping to do after you graduate?
I’ve always wanted to work in media, I’m a passionate football fan (Up the Villa!) and I want to work as a football journalist. I’d love to do broadcast-based stuff, and after Uni I want to get my national journalist qualification and get my foot in the door working my way up.
And to finish, what is your favourite part of life at Catz?
I love the social life around the JCR (Junior Common Room), there are loads of great events and even on normal evenings there’s a nice atmosphere where you can chill with your friends, and some pool tables and bar sports that are fun (regardless of skill level). I think the most important part of this is the people, Catz is a really friendly and inviting college, and staff and students alike make you feel welcome and part of the college straightaway.