I’m Maryam Abbas from Crimson Education
and we’re here today at Oxford University
to ask the Big Questions.
What’s the best thing about being at Oxford University?
Definitely being able to live in a college
with loads of people for three years
rather than living in halls
and then moving into a house with five or six friends,
it’s really nice.
I feel like colleges give you a smaller group of people
that you can get to know better than
than just having a massive university
that has loads of people walking around
and then you don’t really know anyone.
The resources that we have access to
like the Bodleian Library and stuff.
I think the one-on-one attention is really cool.
That’s not something you get at a lot of American universities,
so coming here, it was really cool to get that.
Everyone’s not boring,
you think everyone would be really boring,
but they’re actually not
and everyone’s really normal and really like you,
so it’s great.
I’d say it’s definitely the tutorial system
when you get to talk about your subject one-on-one with tutors
it’s a really personal way to do education.
Being plowed with alcohol as soon as you get out your exams.
What would you say the worst thing about being at Oxford University?
Definitely the tutorial system
because you just can’t hide from anyone one-on-one.
If you don’t know something
then you really are not gonna go very well.
Have you got any awful memories?
Yeah like kind of not reading the books and
being asked questions about very specific part of chapters
and having to make it up. – Very naughty.
– Really naughty. – Very naughty.
Like running through wheat fields naughty.
天哪 显然是课业 太可怕了
Oh my God the workload obviously, it’s actually crazy.
I think it’s how quickly everything moves,
the time’s really short
so you often, you’ll find a topic you’re really interested in,
and then you write an essay on it
for two days and then it’s done
and you’ll never look at it again.
Things change very slowly.
So me and Rose do history
and the course that we do is,
I don’t think it’s changed since like the 60s.
I think the work, there’s a significant amount of work.
Yeah there’s a fair bit of work.
How stressful it is.
I think after two more years I’ll lose my hair.
I think the eight week term is
a really fast pace and you have to sprint the whole thing
which gets to be a lot.
So what would you say is
is the best night out at Oxford University?
这里不是柏林 不是伦敦 也不是东京
It’s not your Berlin, or your London, or your Tokyo but…
– it’s individual. – It’s your Oxford.
– It’s your Oxford, yeah.
A formal dinner and then a nice pub
and then maybe one of these clubs round the corner.
Okay so I would say…
I’m pledged with my friends
and I was getting a drink for four pounds
and they gave me an entire pitcher of cocktail.
Oh my God.
Which I really enjoy and they make the best drinks ever.
I think we’re gonna disagree on this one.
– What do you like? – I like Bridge Thursdays.
Oh I think the Bully on a Friday or Saturday night is fun.
Bridge, it’s just the queue is too long.
Bridge, it’s just the queue is too long.
The queue is quite long but I like cheesy music
so when that plays, I’m just like, “Yeah.”
That’s a no right there
Yeah she’s just like, I’m so disappointed.
The choice is slim,
but I’d say Thursday Night Bridge is a classic,
everyone’s always there.
What’s your favorite dance move?
Oxford has quite a lot of pubs,
it’s quite a pubby place so lots of people,
we’re both physicists and we’d had a physics trip to the pub
to chat at the end of exams,
so that’s the people do go to the pub quite a lot as well
if they don’t like clubbing.
Used to be Wahoo but Wahoo’s closed
so we’re all mourning Wahoo.
Definitely Kit Night for,
I fairly gross say,
一定是Park End周三晚的Kit Night
so definitely Kit Night in Park End, Wednesdays.
What happens there?
I don’t really remember much to be honest.
对我来说是Park End 那的Cheese Floor有
Well for me it’s Park End, the Cheese Floor in Park End has,
as the name would suggest, some really cheesy music
and that’s like your 90s music and that’s always great.
What’s your favorite track to dance to?
Well, when Journey Don’t Stop Believing comes on
and I’m sufficiently drunk, that’s the best.
What did you write in your personal statement
that you think helped get you into Oxford?
Well I do PPE so obviously there’s three subjects for that
so I think the main thing, for people applying to do PPE,
is to link them in when you talk about it, so find one topic.
So I wrote about free will and then I linked it to economics,
by talking about markets and stuff and
then I did it in terms of the refugee crisis for politics.
Think my personal belief is actually,
I’m not sure how much Oxford University looks at your personal statement.
For Oxford it’s mainly how does what you do,
link to the degree you want to do,
so I did lots of science projects.
I worked at an astrophysics center for a while.
I was looking through telescopes and things
and so I wrote about that,
I wrote about the pieces of physics that I like the most
and just books that I’d read.
I’m a visiting student so the application process
was a little bit different for me,
so I think my advice would be just to
show Oxford why you’re a good investment
and how this education will basically
help you make an impact to get to wherever you wanna go.
– Oh my goodness. – I mean, just walk around!
Can we do that kick again?
Just one more time.
好的 一 二 三
Okay, one, two, three.
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