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Hannah Cheah

Hey, I’m Hannah and am coming to the end of my first year of studying Experimental Psychology at Corpus Christi.

As an international student, it wasn’t very easy to get information on and support for applying here, so I completely understand it feeling like a big, overwhelming thing. Admissions tests aren’t fun and interviews can seem daunting - I know. After each stage of the application process I was so sure I wasn’t going to get in but here I (somehow) am! If you’re eager to learn about your subject and Oxford seems like a good fit for you, my advice is to just apply.

I didn’t apply to Corpus as my college but as the cliché goes, everyone ends up loving their college and I am no exception to that. It has come to feel like a second home as, due to its size, everyone and everything in it quickly became familiar. My favourite places in college are our library and roof terrace; they’re both beautiful. Corpus is really centrally located with the furthest walk I make being to the psychology department, and that’s only about 15 minutes away.

Psychology at Oxford has a strong scientific basis, which is one of the things that attracted me to the course. Some people don’t fully anticipate this, so definitely give the course structure a look before applying to be sure it appeals to you. The course is honestly great – a lot of the time my essay titles seem interesting to my friends whether they’re a Physics or English student. We get to learn about things such as how we see in colour, what affects the conduction velocity of a signal from the brain, why faces are special stimuli, which brain regions underlie memory, and why social groups may discriminate against each other. Contact hours in first year are divided between lectures (6-7 hours a week) and tutorials (2-3 a week). In tutorials you spend an hour with a tutor and one or two of your course mates discussing work that was assigned to you based on the lectures. In my first term I was assigned two essays and a statistics problem sheet weekly. This seemed like a lot at the time but before too long I adapted to the workload and found time for other things. Oxford can definitely be intense but it is also manageable.

I have lots more to say about studying here and know I haven’t answered a lot of questions that I had as a prospective student so please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I am more than happy to help!




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