What did you study and tell us about your experience?
During my time at Oxford as a Biomedical Sciences undergraduate, I was able to learn a wide breadth of scientific knowledge and skills, from cell biology to neuroscience, and from immunology to psychology. The environment fostered was both challenging but equally extremely rewarding, and I loved my three years in the programme. The course is set up in such a way that allows you to become more specialised in certain areas as you go through the years – for example, I specialised in neuroscience, whilst others specialised in topics such as endocrinology and cardiac physiology. For me, a typical day involved between two and four lectures during the day, often in the morning, then I would had to the library in the afternoon to either do reading, or write up an essay or problem sheet. Depending on how busy the week was, I would either carry on with this after dinner, see my friends, or relax. On top of this, I would also have two tutorials per week, on average, but this decreased as I neared the end of my degree and became a more independent learner.
How was your inteview and how did you prepare?
In terms of my interview, I went up the evening before and tried to chat to a few people and chill out in the night. It was hard to focus on much else but I tried my best not to cram information right beforehand. Instead, I looked over my personal statement once more and got an early night. Before I had arrived, I was able to have a couple of mock interviews, which, whilst not necessarily as stimulating as a true Oxbridge interview, gave me experience under pressure. In addition to this, I read up on topics I was interested in – being passionate about a subject is what Oxbridge want, so reading up on my interests gave me the opportunity to talk about areas I liked to talk about, and I’m sure my passion came across. On the day, I had four interviews, the first of which went terribly and I came out thinking that I had already blown it. From then on, I was less stressed and began to enjoy having discussions with academics about biology – something I’d not really had the chance to do before very often.
So my overall advice would be – find what you’re interested in and enjoy learning about it. Your love of a certain topic will come across to your interviewer. Oxford is a hard and challenging place to be, but, with a passion for your subject, you will succeed!