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Hi, I'm Jennifer, and I'm about to finish my first year studying History. 

I'm originally from England, but I attended a relatively small sixth form in the Netherlands prior to coming to Oxford. Although I didn't apply to Corpus originally, it really is such a welcoming and supportive community to live and study in. In my experience, there are few other places with such a friendly atmosphere as well as the beautiful historical look of the college.

I cannot recommend studying history at Oxford enough. The course is one of the broadest in the UK in terms of the chronological and geographical scope that it allows you, whilst simultaneously allowing for detailed examination of specialist topics. History is one of the only subjects that has no core set of compulsory modules in the first year, meaning all four of your first year modules will be chosen by you from an impressive range of selections. 

At this level of study, history is an extremely interactive field of study - you'll be looking at lively debates surrounding a particular historical question far more than simply learning lists of names and dates, which I think is some people's impression. The issues that your study will encourage you to grapple with allow you to get an amazing sense of how past societies link to each and to the present.

As I'm sure all other subject ambassadors will also assure you, an Oxford degree can be balanced with a life outside of your studies. Before beginning my first term, I was terrified that I would have to spend every minute of every day working and feeling stresses just to keep up with the workload. But this is not the case - the history course especially assumes that most of your learning will be done independently, so you are very much free to set your own timetable and give yourself free time when you need it. This can be filled with the vast number of societies and extra-curriculars Oxford has on offer - whether you're looking for a bit of fun or a serious competitive hobby, there really is something for everyone. 

The teaching system at Oxford is slightly different to most other universities in that it centres around tutorials (discussion groups with a tutor and usually one or two other students) where you will usually discuss essays you have written. 

I almost decided against applying to Oxford, and I am so thankful that I took the chance as I love it here more than I ever imagined. If you are considering applying and have any questions, please feel free to email me!


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