Oxford, as expected, was incredibly academically rigorous and a huge challenge, both intellectually and personally.
The collegiate system offered a really friendly and welcoming aspect to university life and it’s certainly worthwhile applying to a college that you think you’ll suit. It really allows for a good mix of socialising and meeting new people when you’re not studying.
Academically, as expected it’s really tough. They push you to your limit, you often doubt yourself through this, but it’s worth it in the long run. Oxford teaches you more than just academics– it’s about how to manage your time, planning and resilience throughout.
The city is absolutely beautiful. It’s not the biggest but it’s very condensed and has all you need. It’s safe, there’s lots going on and it has beautiful architecture.
Overall, I recommend Oxford if you are truly passionate about your subject and want to be at the top of your game. It’s by no means an easy ride, but it’ll pay off for the rest of your life.