Q. What is the best piece of advice that anyone gave to you?
A. As the former admissions representative for Brasenose College, I would often have lengthy discussions with my tutors regarding the qualities they looked for in a candidate. They almost always mentioned that they were looking for candidates to have “a thing”. This is usually an area or a topic that you are particularly interested in and passionate about; something that you can discuss at length, that can be scrutinised, defended and debated over. For me during my interviews, it was the immune system and I can still remember myself animatedly describing how pathogens interact with host cell defences! Not only will this show a passion for a topic beyond the normal syllabus, it also helps the tutors assess whether or not you will be a good fit for the tutorial based approach of Oxbridge.
Q. What is the best thing about Oxbridge?
A. Besides the academics, the best thing about Oxbridge is the social aspect of the collegiate system. Colleges tend are much smaller than typical university campuses. Students within college encounter each other more often and as a result there is a greater sense of community and friendships are easier to form.
Q. What was the best thing about your course?
A. The best thing about my course was definitely the tutorials. More often than not I would be woefully prepared and completely clueless in these sessions. Nevertheless, I always found it a rewarding experience to discuss topics in medicine with my peers and humbling to be taught by the experts in the field.
Q. How much work do you have to do a week?
A. Despite the reputation, the workload wasn’t too bad and definitely something you get used to after a while. I was given three essays every two weeks, which is manageable and certainly gave me time to have a social life!