Kate, Maths

“Whilst the prospect of being in a group of 2-3 students, discussing the latest problem sheet with an expert on the subject may have seemed scary at first, now these tutorials are without doubt my favourite part of my studies.”

I was inspired to apply to Oxford after attending an ‘Oxbridge conference’ in year 12, this was also when I made the decision to study maths. The Oxbridge conference is a sort of travelling open day, and it was here that I had the chance to learn about the Oxford maths course, to speak to students about the university, and to find out what it is like to study there. For me, it was the variety of mathematics on offer, and the collegiate system of the university that really appealed.

Now I am here, and about to embark on my second year of study at Trinity College, I feel truly lucky to be part of such a wonderful student body. For me, being part of a small, college community means that not only was it easy to settle in, and to meet people studying a diverse range of subjects, but also that I can participate in clubs and societies on a more relaxed level, as well as having access to the university wide societies. In my case this means rowing in TCBC (Trinity College Boat Club) and playing my violin the Oxford Millennium Orchestra. Without doubt, some of my stand out memories from my first year are rowing in Torpids and Summer VIIIs (the main races in the Oxford college rowing calendar) and performing in the Sheldonian theatre.
I fit these extra-curricular commitments around my academic timetable, which typically consists of two hours of lectures in the morning; a few hours of independent study during which I review lecture notes and attempt the problem sheets that have been set for that week; and often a tutorial in the afternoon.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the tutorial system from which we benefit at Oxford. Whilst the prospect of being in a group of 2-3 students, discussing the latest problem sheet with an expert on the subject may have seemed scary at first, now these tutorials are without doubt my favourite part of my studies. They are an opportunity to get stuck into some of the more difficult aspects of the problems set that week, and to ask any questions you may have, in a friendly environment.
In between studying, rowing, and playing my violin, I enjoy attending formals with friends; tackling problem sheets (as well as lots of free food) with mathematicians from other colleges at ‘sip and solve’ at the maths institute; visiting other college bars and watching films with the other Trinity mathematicians.