Belinda, PPE

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A typical day consists of morning lectures followed by lunch and then the rest of the afternoon spent working in Trinity library or my room with tutorials in between. Besides that, there is plenty of time to spend on societies, time with friends and exploring around Oxford.

I decided to apply to Oxford following AS results and a never-ending internal debate about what I felt were slim chances and, at the same time, a feeling of taking whatever luck I had and hoping for the best. I decided to try my chances and, even if the outcome had been different, I know I’d have been glad I did.

Trinity had caught my eye on the Open Day as one of the most beautiful and best located colleges but its welcoming and incredibly friendly atmosphere really sealed the deal for me. As Trinity has about 300 undergraduate students, the feeling of knowing, or being familiar with, most people is very comforting particularly in the first few weeks when, at times, it is easy to feel a little lost or confused. As I’m writing this in the summer term, right now it has to be said that being able to enjoy the sunny gardens and play croquet on the lawns is also distinct advantage of choosing Trinity!

I had wanted to study PPE since the day I learned what the three letters stood for. Understanding the world and developing the knowledge to consider how it could be improved was what I had searched for and PPE appeared to offer that. Logical thinking, problem-solving skills and good time management are necessary but are also developed constantly during your study. In addition, as a course which combines essays and quantitative approaches to learning, the work you do is extremely diverse and that definitely appealed to me as someone who was not yet ready to give up having a range of different subjects.

PPE is taught through lectures, tutorials and classes (for Logic and the quantitative side of Economics) and so far, whilst challenging to the nth degree, I have found all three subjects to be fascinating. A typical day consists of morning lectures followed by lunch and then the rest of the afternoon spent working in Trinity library or my room with tutorials in between. Besides that, there is plenty of time to spend on societies, time with friends and exploring around Oxford. Personally, the transition from A-Levels to my first year has been a steep learning curve, but one I’m glad to be on and which I find rewarding.

Career-wise, I change my mind almost every week but the beauty of PPE, I’ve been told, is that it is tremendously adaptable to most professions. That said, Oxford has a very active careers service with a plethora of careers fairs, networking events and internship opportunities so whatever you are considering there will always be someone you can chat to for advice.

So far, I’ve become a member of the Oxford Union and through this attended a host of different talks and debates. I’ve also served on the Committee of the Oxford Guild while also playing the occasional game of Squash in Trinity’s own Squash court. Attending student plays, of extremely high standards, such as the Crucible has also been a highlight of my time so far. This term should also hopefully see the victory of our Croquet Cuppers (Cuppers refer to cross-college competitions and can be for a variety of activities e.g. Drama Cuppers) team, though I’m not holding my breath…

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