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Russell Reid

Hi, I’m Russell and I’m just coming to the end of my first year studying physics at Corpus.

I’m from Hastings and I attended a comprehensive school. Unfortunately my school did not provide much support for Oxbridge applications, but that didn’t stop me and it shouldn’t stop you either if you are in the same situation! Oxbridge is accessible to students from all backgrounds and anyone is cable of getting a place. Oxford may seem like an intimidating place, but everybody here is extremely kind and supportive. I am so glad I applied here and I really enjoy university life.

My sixth form was quite small and this made me come and look at Corpus during an open day because of it’s similar size. I fell in love with the college. The college has a very friendly environment, and because of its size you will soon become friends with everyone. Corpus normally takes 6 physicists a year so you will form a very close group. You are able to work with the other physicists in your year to build up a better understanding of the topics you will be studying.

The physics course is quite challenging, but it is extremely rewarding and it is really enjoyable to learn about some amazing phenomena. In the first year some of the physics topics include mechanics, electromagnetism and special relativity; and some of the maths topics include: calculus, complex numbers and differential equations. The first year course also includes weekly labs in the first two terms, covering topics within electronics, optics and computing.

A typical day involves a few hours of lectures in the morning, normally starting at 9am. We have tutorials two or three times a week which normally involve going through the week's work with a tutor and potentially going over some new topics. Tutorials are a great opportunity to engage in conversation about the topic and share some interesting ideas. Labs are normally on Fridays 10am - 5pm. Tutorial work is just done outside of contact hours and there is still plenty of time to have fun and relax in a beautiful city.

Oxford is not just constant work. There is plenty of time to join sports teams and societies at both college and university level. I play rugby for the college and touch rugby for the university, and still find time to go out with friends and meet my deadlines. The university allows you to be as social as you like but you do need to manage your time well. It is really easy to join a huge variety of societies - it couldn’t be easier to make friends and at Corpus there will always be a friendly face.

Corpus is a wonderful college and Oxford is a fantastic city to live in. If you are thinking of applying then definitely do it, you are good enough!

If you have any other questions about the university, college or physics then please email me. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.







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