I have always enjoyed physics, and when my school (a girls’ grammar school in Handsworth, Birmingham) encouraged me to apply to Oxford, I thought I might as well give it a go, but never expected to be successful in my application. When I received my letter of acceptance to Mansfield I was both surprised and excited. On arrival at Mansfield I was greeted by my College Parents who made me feel so welcome straight away. Mansfield is a close-knit community where everyone knows one another and gets along well.
Physics is a subject with a large time commitment; plenty of time is spent in tutorials, lectures and weekly labs, providing a structure which makes settling in that bit easier. The course is varied and covers everything from the very abstract Quantum Mechanics to the much more physical Thermodynamics. One of my favourite aspects of the course is that you have the opportunity to choose a short option at the end of each year; these include Astrophysics, Biophysics and Energy Studies. Mansfield is lucky enough to have Jocelyn Bell-Burnell as one of its fellows; a truly inspiring physicist. The Oxford Physics department is full of world-renowned physicists; many of whom lecture undergraduates.
Alongside my studies, I enjoy being part of the Physics Outreach Group and Mansfield Chapel Choir. I occasionally attend lectures at the Oxford Space and Astronomical Society and events run by Oxford International Relations Society.