Life in Oxford isn’t just limited to college; there are Sports and Societies to suit anyone’s taste and Oxford as a city has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly and this year I joined Oxford University Gliding Club. I’ve been hooked since my first flight and I try to go down to the airfield every weekend.
I knew for a long time that I wanted to apply to Oxford; however it was only after an Open Day that I decided that Trinity was the place for me. It’s hard to describe but it just felt right – I was wowed by the beautiful architecture and grounds that it has to offer. I’d also read online that the food at Trinity is superb and I can confirm that this is true!
Modern Languages is a varied course since half of the course focuses on language skills, particularly grammar and translation, while the other half is literature. This may seem daunting at first but the first year really prepares you well by giving you a range of literary works to study in terms of content, style and period. Moreover, studying literature enhances your language learning both linguistically and also by providing a wider cultural, historical and political context behind a text.
Another appealing thing about the course is the third year, spent abroad. You can choose to study, or work, with the ultimate aim of achieving fluency in your language(s) but also experiencing the culture of your host countries. The course is taught through lectures, small classes, and tutorials. Tutorials involve meeting in groups of 2-3 with your tutor to discuss a literary essay written in advance. At first I was very intimidated by the thought of having to do this with a leading academic in their field; however I realised how enriching and stimulating these classes are since your tutors will consistently push you and help you to expand your understanding.
There is a wide range of languages on offer and I eventually chose Spanish and Portuguese (ab-initio), combining my love of Spanish and my desire to start a new language. Starting a new language from scratch was challenging, but the department really pushed and helped us during the pre-sessional Portuguese course and throughout the first year.
Trinity is a friendly and welcoming medium-sized college where you are sure to find people of similar natures and interests. The college also looks after students well, with a range of welfare, financial and academic support. Of course, there are also lots of great social events on during term-time, ranging from college bops (parties in the beer cellar where fancy dress is a must) to college balls. Life in Oxford isn’t just limited to college; there are Sports and Societies to suit anyone’s taste and Oxford as a city has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly and this year I joined Oxford University Gliding Club. I’ve been hooked since my first flight and I try to go down to the airfield every weekend. There are also lots of socials throughout the term, expeditions to other gliding clubs across the country, and the chance to compete against other universities.
I’m also part of the Trinity JCR Committee as the joint Equalities representative. This has been a great way to get involved with college life and a particular aspect that I care about, and to try and promote a more positive environment free of discrimination, be it through social events, raising awareness or merely as someone to talk to.
I’ve had such a great time at Oxford so far – there are so many opportunities available, both academic and non-academic. I strongly encourage anyone even slightly interested in Oxford to apply, and I definitely recommend applying to Trinity as I couldn’t ask for a better home away from home.