Some of our undergrads

 

Sophie Aitmehdi
SOPHIE AITMEHDI, THIRD YEAR LAWYER  Although, lots of the students here didn’t originally apply to Regent’s, everyone you speak to will tell you that they simply couldn’t imagine being anywhere else and that they feel so happy and at home here. Being in Oxford can seem daunting at times; with the high volume of work and the grandeur of some of the other colleges. In terms of feeling welcome, Regent’s is an absolute haven. As well as being right in the centre of Oxford and only five minutes from anywhere you need to be, it has the friendliest and liveliest atmosphere which is unrivalled by any other college here. There is so much to get involved with in college, and with Regent’s being of slightly smaller size, it gives you the opportunity to take on more direct leadership roles within the clubs and societies at Regent’s. I am ‘Princess Bunny’ of the Regent’s Rabbits which is a girls’ drinking society (although drinking is by no means compulsory). The society is a great opportunity to get to know girls in other years and gives you a well-earned break after a day in the library. I am also President of the Le Quesne law society, within Regent’s, made up of both law and non-law students which organizes exciting things such as interesting speaker events, vacation scheme workshops and networking dinners with law firms. I am also Vice President of the wider Oxford Law Society which is the second biggest society in Oxford (after the Oxford Union, of course). This just goes to show that being from a smaller college does not limit you in any way; you can still get out into the wider Oxford community and climb to the top in terms of leadership roles. Another fantastic thing about Regent’s is that tutorials are at different colleges depending on what module you are currently studying. I have really enjoyed this because it has given me the opportunity to explore other beautiful colleges in Oxford, learn from a range of different tutors, and branch out and make new friends. Wherever your interests lie – whether sports, drama, music or simply going out and having fun, both Oxford and Regent’s Park is the best place to explore them.

 

Richard Birch, Third Year English
RICHARD BIRCH, THIRD YEAR ENGLISH                Hi, I’m Richard and just about to go into my final year of English Lit. Having originally applied to New College, I can honestly say that I have had such a great time here. The atmosphere is quite a unique one for Oxford; with the bar and the JCR (and in summer the quad too!) always busy with people you’ll know well as part of a community. I’ve enjoyed being Regent’s charities co-ordinator (involving organising a charity fundraiser in the name of our college tortoise, Emmanuelle!) within college, but I have also felt well-placed to enjoy activities outside of college. These included pro-bono consultancy and journalism for both long-standing Oxford institutions such as The Cherwell and The ISIS and also a new project called Interruptions which I helped co-found with both other Regent’s students and other colleges. Regent’s has been a fantastic place to call home and really helps you explore your interests in the wider university too. The English tutors at Regent’s have been nothing but supportive and helpful throughout my degree. The work is always interesting, and I’ve never felt too overworked. The work/life balance is especially good at Regent’s; and we look forward to welcoming all freshers to the Regent’s life!

 

Theophina Gabriel, Second Year Philosophy and Theology
THEOPHINA GABRIEL, SECOND YEAR PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY If you see a girl wandering around college in purple, it’s very likely that this girl will be me. Regent’s is a college where all kinds of different personalities come together to form a close community. One of the best pieces of advice I was given as a fresher was that (unlike other colleges), you don’t need to worry about making friends straight away. We’re so small that everyone will get to know everyone. This however does not mean your pool is limited: there are so many different opportunities to branch out and make friends both across your subject and in the endless societies Oxford has to offer. If you’re into poetry/spoken word, you’re in for a treat. There are dozens of events happening in Oxford at any given time, in which you can perform at or simply come to watch. In addition to this, there are a plethora of student publications and competitions to write for/submit to. I am Regent’s BME Officer which means that I am always here to listen to any BME related worries/questions/problems you may have while you are here at Oxford. I highly recommend societies as they are an excellent way to find inclusive spaces. For example, I am very involved with Oxford’s ACS who regularly host club nights, exclusive movie premieres, and cultural food nights! As a PhilThe student I was worried about the Logic aspect of the course. If you are too: a) feel free to talk to me b) don’t be because we have such patient tutors and c) you’ll have students from the year above who can support you. Which is another plus about Regent’s in general – the support across years is overwhelming and there will almost always be someone willing to help you out, so just ask! Being a PhilThe student in Regent’s is the dream when it comes to finding books as they will almost always be in college. Well that’s all I can think of at the moment, but if you see me around don’t be afraid to ask more questions about college life or my undying love for purple.
Sam Woor, Third Year Geographer
SAM WOOR, THIRD YEAR GEOGRAPHER Hi I’m Sam, a third year geographer at Regent’s. I came to Oxford not really knowing anything about the collegiate system, arbitrarily applying to Worcester as I needed somewhere to put on the form. When I got my interview offer I was somewhat confused! However, it couldn’t have worked out better. Upon arrival, I was immediately struck by how friendly everyone was as students in older years helped me with my stuff up to my room. Having already received a letter from my college parent, I already had a feeling of knowing someone which was a comforting thought. Regent’s is a fantastic place to be if you’re someone who likes getting involved in a range of activities, with thriving sports teams and an excellent social life. Aside from the strong community cohesion, another perk of being at a small college is the opportunities it gives you to have a go at anything, regardless of ability. When it comes to sports, we have strong rowing, netball and football teams, all of which I’ve been able to join in with despite not having played any of them before. This year I captained the men’s rowing team, a real privilege which I probably wouldn’t have had a chance to do in a larger college. Regent’s is a real hidden gem in Oxford and I can’t wait to welcome you all in person!
Rhys Williams, Third Year Historian
RHYS WILLIAMS, THIRD YEAR HISTORIAN These past years have shown me that being at a small college like Regent’s is a blessing in disguise. It’s almost a cliché to call Regent’s a family, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Everyone is supportive and with only around 100 undergraduates here you really do get to know everyone. There’s always people around and that’s not something you can say about most colleges (see Christ Church for reference). There are also tonnes of opportunities to get really involved in college life, which I’ve really embraced, working behind the college bar, being part of the rowing and football teams, and training as a peer supporter. I’d really recommend getting stuck into the opportunities college presents as they’ve been really rewarding and are a great opportunity to get to know people in years above you. Academically, the history course is really well run and has a huge range of options even in first year. Leif Dixon is a very helpful and organised Director of Studies who made getting used to the new style of work much easier. Alongside in-college tutors, there is also ample opportunity to receive tuition from world-experts on your chosen modules around the university, adding to your own academic experience and this can provide a great route to meet people outside of college who do your course. Work can be challenging but manageable and ultimately interesting, and you’ll soon figure out your own work habits and routines. I guess the most important thing to know is that you are in no limited by being at a PPH – the entire university is at your disposal for you to explore your interests and passions. All in all, Regent’s is a stunning place to live and work.
Kiya Evans, Second Year HIstory and English
KIYA EVANS, SECOND YEAR HISTORY AND ENGLISH I applied to Regent’s for History and English because of how well organised their joint schools system is – the tutors are incredibly used to organising joint courses, and actually communicate with one another (unlike at some other colleges). You are also generally given much more flexibility and freedom in your module choices, and the best teaching I’ve had this year has been by in-house tutors. Learning to juggle a joint degree with extracurriculars was a bit of a challenge at first, but is ultimately very doable, and I’ve found the college family system and general community atmosphere at Regent’s to be incredibly helpful when I was in need of advice. I knew I wanted to get involved in drama since before I got here – the Oxford drama scene can be really intimidating at first, but there is such a constant stream of roles (both onstage and offstage) as well as opportunities to make your own theatre that there’s a lot of room to do as much or as little as you like. Regent’s is a really supportive community and it’s really great to have people from college support things you might be doing on a more university-wide scale
Jacob Greenhouse, Second Year Theology
JACOB GREENHOUSE, SECOND YEAR THEOLOGY One of the benefits of going to Regent’s as a theologian is that the Regent’s Park College Library is the best stocked in the University. It has a huge collection for both theology and philosophy, often offering books that even the Bodleian Library lacks. The long lending times as well as lots of working space is really beneficial and I often have friends from other colleges asking to come see books which their college don’t offer. Moreover, the central location of the college means that even when your book isn’t in the library, you are less than 10 minutes away from the RadCam and even closer to the Old Bod, Taylorian and PhilThe Libraries. In terms of extracurricular activities, Regents has various sports teams such as men and women’s rowing boat, football, netball and rounders. I play cricket for Summerville and both Eton and Rugby Fives for the University. The Junior Common Room is incredibly supportive of my sports with a termly sports and arts grant which I have used to pay for new sporting equipment. Overall, Regents is a really great place to study, has an incredibly friendly atmosphere and has the cheapest bar out of all the colleges. What more could you want!
Tabbi Wallace, Second Year Classicist
TABBI WALLACE, SECOND YEAR CLASSICIST Hi! I’m Tabbi and I’m about to start my second year studying Classics. Unlike most of the subjects offered at Regent’s, Classics is a four-year course, so we’ll be hanging around in the beautiful city of Oxford for a year longer than most. But one of the great things about Regent’s is that it is a small college, so it’s really easy to get to know everyone, regardless of year or subject. Regent’s is brilliantly placed in the middle of Oxford, so most places are within easy walking distance – this is extremely useful, especially for classicists, as the majority of our tutorials will be at other colleges. Also, the Sackler library, which holds most of the Classics books you’ll ever need, is just around the corner from college which is very convenient! Oxford degrees are amazingly varied and a lot of hard work, but there is also plenty of time to get involved in things outside of the academic sphere, such as joining sports societies, writing for a university publication or any number of music and drama opportunities. Whether this is in college or the wider university community, it is a great way to take some time out from the rigours of your degree work, and some of my closest friendships have been formed with people I have met this way!