The first year course is quite full on, but our Biochemistry tutors here at Trinity are all great and offer us so much support, which really helps to ease the transition into Oxford life in first year.
I decided to apply to Oxford during Year 12, after visiting a friend who was studying at the university already. It was great to see what Oxford is like from a student’s perspective and it really encouraged me to apply. I didn’t decide which college to apply to until I visited Trinity on an open day, when I met one of the Biochemistry tutors. He took the time to show me and other prospective students around and answer our questions, which made a lasting impression and was ultimately the reason I chose to apply to Trinity. Since starting at Trinity, I have not been disappointed as all of our Biochemistry tutors show us a great level of support.
I was originally considering applying to study Maths at university. However, I opted for Biochemistry over Maths as it interests me more, which I think is really important if you’re going to commit to studying it for four years. I particularly enjoy the aspects of the course which relate our knowledge of biochemistry directly to human diseases such as cancer.
The Biochemistry course is taught through a mixture of lectures, classes and tutorials. We have two or three lectures a day in addition to one or two tutorials a week. We also have labs which average at one day a week. In first year, there are one or two classes a week on top of this. This makes the first year course quite full on, but our Biochemistry tutors here at Trinity are all great and offer us so much support, which really helps to ease the transition into Oxford life in first year.
One of the best things about Trinity is its small numbers, which creates a friendly atmosphere around college. We also have lovely gardens in college, with our lawns being the envy of the other colleges in Trinity term!
I’ve recently joined the University water polo club, which is a great way to meet people outside of Trinity, and learn a new sport at the same time. One of the best things about Oxford is that there are so many opportunities to try something new, and there’s always so much going on; life here is never dull!