Hi, I’m Joe and I’m just coming to the end of my first year of Medicine at Corpus.

My first year has been really enjoyable and I’m so grateful to be able to study here. I came to Oxford as one of only a couple of students from my school, an all-boys school in Gloucester, so naturally I was apprehensive to arrive here and unsure of what life would be like here. As soon as I got here, I felt so welcomed, both by students of the JCR (the undergraduate student body) and also my tutors.

Medicine has been challenging but that has made it really rewarding. It is inspiring to be taught by people who are so accomplished in their scientific fields. I enjoy the traditional nature of the course and that’s one of the reasons I applied here: it has been really interesting to learn the amazing complexity of various systems of the human body and disease, and I’m confident that the scientific grounding will benefit me when I do make it to the wards.

I feel very fortunate to be studying Medicine, particularly at Corpus. All of the tutors here are great and really supportive. Medical students at Corpus are a close community throughout all six years: this really helps when you first arrive and are getting used to work and college life.

Though it’s a cliché, it’s true: Corpus is small and friendly. It’s nice in a small college to be able to get to know your year well and this has definitely helped me to make friends. I’ve also been able to get involved with college life, playing college football and becoming one of the Christian Union reps. This goes to show that there is still plenty of time to make the most of uni life outside of medicine.

If you have any concerns or questions about Medicine or Corpus then don’t hesitate to email me!