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Charlotte Potter First year


Jesus College


I decided to apply to Oxford after taking part in a shadowing scheme run by the Student Union. This


allowed me to shadow a Maths student for the day, attend their lectures and a tutorial. It was a fantastic scheme which helped me gain the confidence to apply, especially as no one from my school had ever been to Oxford or Cambridge.


At school Maths was always my strongest subject, but I also loved English and writ- ing essays. Although I had never studied philosophy before (it is not necessary) I was very interested in the ideas behind it and started to read some philosophical books. It is the perfect subject for people who just can’t make up their mind!


My favourite thing about my course is its diversity. I am constantly doing something new and exciting and I never ever feel bored! My top tip for applying is to make sure that you choose a course that you are truly passionate about. After all you are going to have to spend your next three years studying your subject!


If there is one thing I wish I had known before I applied it is how normal everyone is at Oxford! I was concerned that everyone would be boring and spend all their time in the library. This is not the case. Obviously people here work hard, but they also know how to have fun. It is all about getting the right balance.


At the moment I am not sure what I want to do after I leave university, but with a good degree there will (hopefully!) be a whole range of opportunities open to me.


The First Year Lectures


c. eight to ten per week Tutorials/Classes


Normally one to two per week Exams


Four written papers taken at the end of the year


Courses Algebra Analysis


Elements of Deductive Logic Introduction to Philosophy


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