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Classics II


Hi! I’m Jen and I’m a first year Classics student here at Corpus. I am studying on the 2B course, which means I had no prior knowledge of either Latin or Ancient Greek before starting my degree, and chose to tackle the Greek first! I have always had a fascination with the classical civilisation, but had never had the opportunity during my schooling to study an ancient language, so the fact that Oxford offers this variation of the course is fantastic in terms of widening access. Language lessons are faculty organised, which provides a really nice opportunity to meet fellow classicists from other colleges. However with such a strong Classics tradition in Corpus, you certainly won’t lack support within college either.

Corpus is one of the most supportive and welcoming environments I have ever experienced, definitely living up to its ‘small and friendly’ brand. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when you first arrive in Oxford, and the workload is of course challenging, but students, staff, and tutors alike are all more than happy to chat when you need it. There is also a myriad of clubs and societies that you can get involved in, from sports and drama to Cheese Soc and the Dr. Who society – I promise you don’t spend all of your time sat at a desk! I even volunteer at a local animal sanctuary where I help to socialise the rescue cats.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about the course, Corpus, or Oxford in general. I’m also more than happy to help with any questions about life as a mature student (over 21), or as a disabled student. The application process can seem daunting, but it’s so worth it – I can’t imagine studying anywhere else.


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