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At Oxford, how do you
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At Oxford, how do you...


'It can be difficult to switch off after a day in the library, so exercise is a really important part of the week - I run near my house and go to the gym occasionally. I still find time just to watch bad TV with my friends though.'

Noni, 2nd year

'I sing in my college choir and play in an orchestra which are always nice ways to unwind just before or after dinner.'

Hannah, 1st year

'Ultimate Frisbee is the best (temporary) cure for every essay crisis, no matter how severe.'

Noémi, 2nd year

'If clubbing is your thing, there’s plenty of that; if not, there is a load of stuff to get involved in, from societies to people just getting together for a bit of midnight ice skating.'

Jack, 1st year

...Manage your workload?

'I know that I’m no good at working in the evenings so I tend to get up fairly early to work in the mornings instead.'

Sarah, 2nd year

'Managing your work-load is about being honest with what you can and can’t achieve.'

Jane, 2nd year

'I keep a diary - essential! Then somehow everything falls into place. I’ve had to resist some of my perfectionist tendencies - it can be a bit difficult at first but you quickly fall into a good work ethic.'

Isla, 2nd year

'Somehow it gets done. It does take time to figure out how to work well, and what that means for you. Once you’ve got it sussed, you can get down to it and find an enjoyable rhythm.'

Lillian, 3rd year

...Afford everything?

'In term time, budgeting is key. Hall food can be good value, but it is often cheaper to cook for yourself, and that often fits better into your timetable.'

Nicola, 2nd year

'At the beginning of term, I do a bulk food buy - this is so much cheaper than ‘buying as you go’.'

Isla, 2nd year

'I’ve kept a spreadsheet of all my spending to make sure I keep on top of my finances.'

Georgina, 1st year

'I eat in hall as frequently as I can. The food is good and it’s not expensive at all.'

Ruxandra, 2nd year

...Get help?

'When I had a family bereavement last year, my friends were my main support network, but I also got support from my college chaplain (even though I’m not religious - they function in a non-religious capacity as a welfare officer) and my tutors were also very understanding in reducing my workload for that week.'

Sarah, 2nd year

'I have a couple of close friends I can turn to. The welfare reps at my college are amazing. And the counselling service is there too. There’s support in every direction - it’s brilliant. The welfare service was one of the things that I was most impressed with - as was my mum - it definitely put her at ease!'

Isla, 2nd year

'It’s a good idea to meet up regularly with your course mates to discuss any problems with your latest essay or problem sheet. If you still can’t work out a problem, your tutor will be very willing to provide help or extra explanation.'

Sam, 3rd year

...Make friends?

'Going to meals in Hall is great for meeting random new people, including graduate students, who are often very interesting to talk to!'

Nicola, 2nd year

'Societies are the best place to make friends. It is a lot easier when you have similar interests to the people you want to be friends with.'

Ruxandra, 2nd year

'Everyone is in the same situation! I just found that engaging people in conversation and being as confident (or brave!) as possible worked.'

Marcus, 1st year