Hello, I’m Andrew, an Ancient and Modern History (AMH) student here at Corpus.
Growing up, Oxford was always a dream for me, but also always felt like it would only ever be a dream: as someone from Yorkshire who went to a non-selective secondary and then sixth form, I worried that someone like me would never have a chance, or that even if I did somehow manage to get in, I wouldn’t fit in. However, I could not have been proven more wrong by my time here at Corpus, and I am very glad I took the plunge and applied.
I personally fell in love with Corpus after staying overnight on the summer open days on a trip organised by my sixth form; if it is at all possible, I really would recommend coming and seeing the college for yourself. I was then lucky enough to fall in love with it again at interviews. There is always a lovely atmosphere, and I felt welcome and supported once I finally arrived for my first term. We are known as a small and friendly college, and that reputation certainly rings true.
Corpus is also an amazing place to study History and any of its joint schools. Our own college library has a great collection across the vast majority of the topics available and, as an AMH student, I am glad of both this and the impressive Classics collection that our library also boasts. The college’s central location, yet not directly on the main road nor constantly being filled with tourists, also really helps, whether you want to study in college or make the very short walk to the Radcliffe Camera, home to the History Faculty Library. The college is also very close to the Exam Schools, where most of the history lectures take place; in your first and final years especially, these facts make Corpus’ position incredibly convenient. In addition, it always feels special to be working in a historic city like Oxford, something epitomised by our library which provides an amazing backdrop to work in.
The course itself provides plenty of choice and you can customise it to suit your own interests. This is made all the more possible and is enriched by the tutorial system (tutorials are academic discussion sessions with tutors). Whilst they might seem daunting at first, especially given the fact there is often one tutor and one or two students, tutorials really are a great way to learn and develop as a historian. Your tutors really are there to help you and to allow you to explore what interests you, let you take risks and help you hone your craft. Tutorials are invaluable, and probably my favourite part of studying History here at Oxford.
Whilst it is true that the workload can at times be quite heavy, it is manageable and there are people here to help you every step of the way. There is more to Corpus, and indeed Oxford, than constant work, and there are plenty of clubs and societies, from more academically inclined like the History Society, which organises lectures and social events, to sports and other non-academic groups; there almost certainly will be a society out there to interest you, and they really are great ways to make new friends.
If you have any questions about History here at Corpus (and especially AMH, my own particular course), get in touch and I will be more than happy to try and answer them.