Florence, Theology and Religion

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My favourite paper has been ‘Nature of Religion’ because it just keeps making me re-evaluate how I see the world! In addition my tutor really encourages me to develop my own thoughts and criticisms, which is really satisfying.

I decided I wanted to apply to Oxford during Year 12. I was new to my sixth-form and my teachers noticed that I was doing really well, challenging myself and asking interesting questions in my A-level classes, so they suggested the Oxford system, with its small tutor-to-student ratio, would suit me well. I was from a state school with little history of sending students to Oxford, so I wasn’t very confident. However, after going on subject and university Open Days and meeting students, as well as going on the UNIQ summer school, I agreed that Oxford was the place for me!

I applied to Trinity because of how welcoming and approachable students were at the Open Day (as well as the tutor I was able to meet), how beautiful the College is and its central location meaning everything would be on my doorstep! I also knew it was relatively small and you live on site for your first two years, so it seemed like it would foster a really friendly community that I would fit into well!

I loved all my A-level subjects, but I chose Theology because in all my interests, I always come back to thinking about religion. It’s just the most fascinating thing, in all its variety and complexity. The Oxford course offers such a wide range of subjects, from the more ‘traditional’ ones such as Biblical studies, history and doctrine, to the study of religions, which is the area I’m most passionate about. This means you develop such a range of skills. My favourite paper has been ‘Nature of Religion’ because it just keeps making me re-evaluate how I see the world! In addition my tutor really encourages me to develop my own thoughts and criticisms, which is really satisfying.

I surprised myself that my biggest extra-curricular activity is singing in Trinity’s Chapel Choir. It’s non-auditioning and I’d never sung before, so I gave it a go and I love it! I’ve learnt so much and formed some great friends from it. I’m Social Secretary so I make sure it’s really fun! Last year we went on tour to Budapest which was amazing, as well as recording a CD – something I never dreamed of doing before Oxford!

The most rewarding thing I do is being a Welfare Rep. We’re there to make sure everyone is having a happy and safe college life, from the trivial (like providing free food!) to more serious stuff. I’m a trained Peer Supporter, meaning I listen to people in confidence about anything they’re worried about, which is so helpful. All this has contributed to making my Oxford experience a really special one!

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