Student Ambassador: Lucienne Pullen

Lucienne Pullen

Year: 2

Subject: Medicine

Where are you from?: Oxford

Why Merton?

I loved the college as soon as I first visited – it’s small and cosy enough but also has the beautiful architecture I was hoping for, as well as some open space.

Best thing about Merton?

Everyone is friendly and lovely and you never feel as if you have no one to turn to.

Best thing about your course?

Going on the Patient-Doctor course to actually interact with real patients and get a taste for the job we’ve studying for!

Best thing about Oxford?

Being surrounded by people who are as interested in something they love as you are.

Best thing about the collegiate system?

You essentially have a large family around you at all times for help, support, and fun.

Highlight of the year?

The Time Ceremony – a crazy Merton eccentricity that you can’t help but enjoy.

Most important thing you’ve learnt?

Not to adjust your entire work style to suit one tutor – you are allowed to have your own voice!

How has Oxford changed you?

It’s made me less complacent and more determined.

What were you worried about before you arrived?

Being pitted against people who were much more fortunate and have had perhaps more privileged lives than I have.

What new opportunities have you had?

Attending debates, life drawing, kayaking, dissecting, going to balls, playing croquet…

What’s the work like?

Hard and science-focused; it’s a clinically-light course at first, so you need to be foremost a scientist (at least to begin with). It’s also incredibly interesting and varied.

How do you cope with the workload?

By allowing myself breaks and taking time out for things I enjoy – I work best when I’m motivated.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Going to the college bar, using the college punts and kayaks, watching films with friends.

Favourite spot to relax?

The bench on the small lawn between chapel and Grove, or on Fellows' Lawn in the sun.

Favourite place to eat?

Pomegranate, a Lebanese restaurant on Cowley Road. Or lunch in Hall, which is astounding value for money.

Favourite place to go out?

Nothing beats Bops, the college-organised parties at which we shamelessly relive the pop music of our childhoods.

What do you do in the holidays?

Try to travel around and see as many friends as possible, as well as recapping last term's lectures.

What are tutorials like?

Intense at first, but ultimately a great opportunity to test and expand your knowledge.

What is wearing sub fusc like?

Pretty cool! You feel part of this age-old tradition, and it’s also a nice leveller.