Hi, my name is Katie, and I am a first-year studying Experimental Psychology (EP) at Corpus.
I had never really considered going to Oxford until one of my teachers suggested I try to get on UNIQ - an outreach scheme which allows you to stay and study at Oxford for a week during the summer after Year 12. I highly recommend it! You get to do lectures, experience a tutorial and explore the city. Plus, I got to hold a human brain - as you do! It was also helpful for getting lots of information regarding the application process, particularly as I am the first in my family to go to university, so I knew very little. If you also think you know very little, feel free to email - I love a chat.
I ended up applying to Corpus, as it was small, pretty and had a tortoise. Perhaps not the best qualifiers, but I am really glad I applied here! All the first-year accommodation is really close together, which makes it a lot easier to meet people. Corpus is also in a lovely location, close to both the centre and to Christ Church Meadows, so you get best of both worlds. The rowing team at Corpus is good fun, too. I have just joined, and despite having the pace of a snail (except slightly less coordinated) I am really enjoying it (it feels very Oxford). In general, I was very excited to do all the fancy Oxford things, and they are all fun: matriculation1 was lovely, but I was a bit nervous about being slightly less fancy than the average student. But, honestly, it has been totally fine and, if that is something you are nervous about, I hope this puts your mind at ease.
The EP course is slightly different to other psychology courses, as it has a more intense focus on experimental research, which I think is a big plus as it allows the course to remain very up to date. There is also a wide range of very interesting topics, so you will find something new that you really enjoy learning about. For example, in the first part of the course (the first two terms) you will do social psychology, perception, biopsychology, cognitive psychology, statistics and neurophysiology - there is something for everyone. There is lots of work to do (lectures, reading, essay, tutorial, repeat) but nothing unmanageable; I was scared I would have to become some kind of work robot to get through it, but that is not the case. You can, and will, find a nice balance. If things do get a bit overwhelming, the tutors are very understanding that sometimes it can get a bit much and are very happy to help.
That was my whistle-stop tour of my general Oxford experience. In summary, it has been lovely (if at times a bit stressful) and I am so happy I applied. If you have any questions at all about anything, feel free to send an email - I am more than happy to help.
1 Matriculation is the ceremony in which you become an official Oxford student.
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