Hiya! My name is MK, and I’m a second-year Law student at Corpus.
I’m from Guernsey, a small island off the coast of France. Coming from such a small community outside of the UK was initially intimidating, but from my first day at Corpus I have always felt welcomed and truly at home.
Corpus has a reputation for being the small and friendly college, and this could not be more true. With around 70 students in each year group, there are enough people to easily find friends but not too many that you just get lost in the crowd.
In terms of workload, I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at Corpus. However, the tutors are so helpful in settling everyone in and being 100% open about their expectations, so there is no need at all to worry beforehand. The amount of work may appear intimidating, and, whilst it is admittedly challenging, if you have any questions or worries (no matter how silly you think they may be!), your tutors will always be willing to help alongside the second-year and third-year Law students, and your college parents1.
With the terms only eight weeks long, life at Oxford can be very fast-paced. There are around ten hours of lectures per week and three tutorials every fortnight. Most of these tutorials require an essay to be submitted beforehand and will draw on information from an issued reading list and the lectures. Tutorials are an amazing part of learning at Oxford: they are formatted as an academic discussion between the tutor and two to four students, and the format of the interview process closely mimics them.
There is plenty of time at Oxford to pursue hobbies alongside studying. There are societies (student clubs/groups) for so many types of interest at Oxford, and at Corpus specifically, and they are always open to new students. I am part of the wider LGBTQ+ Society and the Junior Lawyers Against Poverty Society at the University and have also joined the football, netball and rowing clubs at Corpus. Being part of these societies has made me feel even more at home at Corpus and at the University at large.
I have absolutely loved my time at Corpus so far, and I cannot recommend it enough! If you have absolutely any questions at all, whether it’s to do with academic life, social life, welfare or any other areas, please just drop me an email! :)
1 College parents are older students who are assigned to you as buddies.
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