What course do you study, and why did you choose it?
I study Law (aka BA Jurisprudence – the fancy Oxford title). I chose law due to my experience in mooting, mock trials, and debating. In other words, I love arguing! When I was younger, I did not think I would study law at all because of the vast amount of readings lawyers have to do. Whilst I certainly have a lot of readings these days, it has proven much more interesting than I used to think.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you take part in any societies or sports?
Most things I do are law-related (nerdy indeed). Most of my time surrounds activities related to law (think mooting, attending law firm/chamber open days). But I also game a little bit, play football and badminton. I am also quite involved in organising events for secondary school students. I vice-chair a Model United Nations organisation and do access work for both the Law Faculty and College – probably because I enjoy speaking with people (some might say too much!)
Why did you choose St Catz? Did it meet your expectations?
I did not choose Catz as I was pooled (this means that I applied to another College and then was allocated to Catz during the admissions process). In hindsight I think I’m lucky because I did not have any expectations and embraced the experience with open arms. I think each college is different and most if not all people love their colleges wherever they end up. In terms of general expectations, I think the idea of a close-knit community that I have was definitely met – particularly because we are one of the biggest College which meant it was quite easy to find people with similar interests. Everyone (from student to academics) are all very nice and helpful, which I think goes along with the general vibe of a close-knit community.
What advice would you give prospective students/freshers?
For prospective students, I think the important thing is to try and attend open days arranged by different colleges. I think everyone will say that their college is a good choice, but it really comes down to individual preference. I would advise thinking about factors such as location (in relation to both academic facilities such as libraries, and living needs such as shops etc), size, accommodation options (Catz provides accommodation for all 3 years of my degree), etc. One thing I would be more cautious is focusing too much on who might teach you if you get accepted. This is because tutor arrangements can change on short notice for various reasons.
For Freshers, I would advise trying out different things throughout university – this is one of the rare (and likely final, until you retire) opportunity to try new activities with a group of friends (without having to take leave etc). Obviously, it goes without saying that you should leave enough time for studying. Trying to meet people around college and university in general will also be a great experience. People come form all walks of life and are all interesting in their own ways. It might also be helpful to start looking around at career opportunities – for example, some law firms do first-year schemes so do try applying if that interests you (never too early!). No need to be too stressed about careers, but I think it is useful to think about it early on.
What are you hoping to do after you graduate?
Definitely staying in the legal field! I am still having a debate between the barrister route vs the solicitor route. I think university offers you a lot of chances to explore these options though, so do take advantage and attend events!
What is your favourite part of life at St Catz?
I think the general interaction with the people here. Like I said everyone here is nice and all have interesting stories! I do law so closeness to the law faculty is definitely a big plus. I have also met some of my best friends here in College. Having this support network is important as I think most of us do have a lot of work going on, so to be able to share with others (who might be doing something completely different) is definitely a plus.