Amro, PPE

PPE Amro

 The first thing that really grabbed me about Trinity were the grounds and relatively more open design of the college. It’s always useful to visit in person to get a feel for the college, and to ask yourself if you can imagine actually living there. Though all colleges might feel a bit daunting before you’re an actual student, it’s still a good question to ask yourself.

I decided to apply to Oxford around the summer in between Years 12 and 13, after spending time in the city participating in the UNIQ summer school. I had wanted to study Economics at university since Year 11, because I  enjoyed the ‘economic way of thinking’ and applying the maths I’d learnt to real world issues. I later decided to focus on Philosophy and Politics after my time at the UNIQ summer school. Importantly, I was able to decide only once I’d had a taste of what different courses have to offer.

The first thing that really grabbed me about Trinity were the grounds and relatively more open design of the college. It’s always useful to visit in person to get a feel for the college, and to ask yourself if you can imagine actually living there. Though all colleges might feel a bit daunting before you’re an actual student, it’s still a good question to ask yourself.

Now I’m a student at Oxford, I’m really enjoying general Philosophy and micro Economics. The Politics syllabus recently changed, and you now get to analyse topics very relevant to current world events: for example, why populist parties exist, why voters are disillusioned with politics, and how different electoral systems have moderated the success of new parties. There’s a lot of variety in the PPE course.

Studying three subjects means you develop a wide range of skills. Being concise, logical, and clear is really important for the (many!) essays you write.  For Economics problem sheets, you need a mixture of Maths and economic intuition. The best thing to do when you’re reading is to really dig in and get to grips with the topics. Since I was doing maths and sciences, and no essay subjects, at A-Level I have to do a lot more reading than before and I had to change the way I work quite drastically. Don’t worry if you think the workload will be too much, it’s something you learn to work around and by the end of first year it’ll be second nature.

Your time at university is what you make it. I’m currently a committee member for a student-run business and finance society, and occasionally have gotten involved with the Oxford Union debating competitions. I’ve helped out with Trinity’s debating society and been to some Economics society talks. In freshers’ week you’ll be presented with loads to do: from sports teams to Harry Potter societies, there’s something for everyone. Every week you get plenty of emails telling you what’s going on around town and the university: from competitions and exhibitions to live music and lectures from world famous academics. There truly is never a dull moment in Oxford (so long as you check your mailbox).

I have not got a solid idea of a future career yet, but a PPE degree lets you be flexible with your options!  Right now I am focussing on making the most of my degree, while picking up a wide variety of work experience so I’m informed about what careers are out there. Luckily, Oxford has a really helpful careers service. I’ve applied for a variety of internships and other schemes in sectors like finance and political research. Working is a lot like picking a university, you won’t know what you enjoy until you try it.

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