Mansfield College caught my eye when looking through the Oxford prospectus, and having visited for an open day I decided it was where I wanted to study. It’s a beautiful college, positioned close both to the centre of Oxford and the science departments and has a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
It was my love for both Physics and Mathematics and the way in which they elegantly model the natural world that convinced me that the Physics course was for me. I have not only enjoyed learning more about topics I already encountered in popular science books, such as special relativity, but have also found areas that I have never encountered before, such as complex analysis, stimulating. As far as practical work is concerned, I found that I quickly adjusted to the long periods of time spent in the laboratories and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the C programming.
Whilst the course is quite fast-paced, the tutorial system acts to counter-balance this. It is probably one of the biggest advantages afforded by an Oxford education as you get a lot of contact time with your tutorials in which you can ask questions about the topics covered in lectures. When I don’t have my head buried in a Physics book, I go to talks and debates at the Oxford Union.