Student Ambassador: Imogen Airlie

Imogen Airlie

Year: First

Subject: Chemistry

Where are you from?: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Why Merton?

Something just felt right about it… can’t explain it until you see it!

Best thing about Merton?

College support, small enough college to know nearly everyone, huge & gorgeous gardens, close to everywhere in town, loads of activities throughout the year

Best thing about your course?

Answering questions you never thought you’d know the answer to, meeting like-minded people, work hard – play hard

Best thing about Oxford?

Short terms, beautiful city, masses of academic and welfare support if needed

Best thing about the collegiate system?

Getting to see other colleges, sports club rivalry, you can have different groups of friends across the whole city

Highlight of the year?

The first day of freshers – it felt like all my dreams had come true

Most important thing you’ve learnt?

Don’t underestimate yourself

How has Oxford changed you?

It’s made me more independent, confident & aspirational

What were you worried about before you arrived?

Making new friends

What new opportunities have you had?

Access to mind-blowing new facilities (e.g. the brand new chemistry lab), taught by some of the best academics in the world, made so many new friends, been on some of the best nights out

What’s the work like?

Intense, but nothing you can’t tackle with the right mindset

How do you cope with the workload?

Ask for help from colleagues, mentors, tutors if I need it

What do you do when you’re not working?

Go down to the bar to see friends and play pool/darts, go on a run or walk, practice DJing in my room, cook something yummy

Favourite spot to relax?

Bar, or gardens

Favourite place to eat?

Wagamamas in town

Favourite place to go out?

Bridge/O2 Academy/Bullingdon

What do you do in the holidays?

Catch up with friends from home (and my dog!), review everything I learnt in term time

What are tutorials like?

So helpful… I always come away feeling ten times smarter than I did before! You’ve really got to make the most out of that precious time – ask loads of questions; say if you don’t understand something; engage in every conversation