Hi! My name is Shiv and I study Maths at Corpus Christi, where I'm finishing off my second year.

When choosing a college, I was unsure of how to go about it. I came from a small sixth form and knew I liked the small environment where I got to know everyone and so went with Corpus, a college with only around 70 people a year. Looking back, it was a great choice! Corpus has a fantastic and accepting environment: I got to know and become friends with people from a range of different subjects and years very quickly. Going to university, where you're moving away from home and living on your own, can be a daunting experience, but having a great group of friendly people and a strong support structure around you makes that process a lot easier and Corpus has provided that for me. We have a reputation for being the 'small and friendly' college, and I can promise you that is absolutely true! Given the stereotypes that are sometimes associated with Oxford, it can be easy to think you may not 'fit in', however having been here I have had the opportunity to meet a wide range of people from many different backgrounds, and let me say that no matter your background there is a place for you here!

It's worth mentioning that while I don't study a joint schools subject myself (though I promise there are lots of people who do at Corpus!), I do have experience of them. When applying for universities, I was strongly considering studying Maths & Computer Science or Maths with Physics (not offered at Oxford but available at other universities), before eventually choosing straight Maths. Since being here I have also seriously considered switching from Maths to Maths & Statistics, though eventually chose not to as it worked with my personal interests/module choices a bit better. My provisional third year module choices also mean that I will study modules with both the Statistics and Philosophy Departments, so feel free to quiz me on the interactions between these subjects!

The stereotype of a large workload at Oxford is true to an extent, but it is absolutely manageable and you will definitely have time to do things outside of academics. In my time here I have been able to get involved in many societies, pick up multiple new sports and volunteer, all alongside the course. In short, there are a huge range of activities, both inside and outside of college, academic and non-academic in nature - there's never a dull night here. Check out the list of societies on the Oxford website as well as the list of sports clubs here on the Oxford Sports website. No matter your interests there is probably a society for it, and if you want to try something new, university is the perfect time for it!

If at all possible, I recommend coming down to Corpus on an open day and experiencing the college and the wonderful city of Oxford for yourself. If for any reason you are unsure about applying, I would highly encourage it: this is an incredible city with lovely people.

If you have any questions or concerns, whether it is about Maths (or any of its joint schools), Corpus Christi, university life, or anything else, please do get in touch!