Welcome

Hello there! I’m Jenyth, the current Jesus JCR Access Rep for 2016/2017. On this ‘Applying?’ section of our website, you can find a range of resources and info about Jesus College and Oxford in general. We want to give you a more informal view of life as a student here, and much of this information is student-produced. For example, we have student Q&A videos, a Humans of Jesus College project, alternative prospectuses and written student views. You can also visit any of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (jesusfreshers) ) to see what students here get up to throughout term. If you have any questions about applying to Jesus or Oxford in general, feel free to contact myself, or the current Academic Affairs rep (Ryan Biscocho).

 

For the most up-to-date information about applying, please visit the Jesus College website or the University of Oxford’s application section.

Jenyth Harper Evans
Access Rep

Ryan Biscocho
Academic Affairs Rep

Humans of Jesus College

Humans of Jesus is a growing catalogue of some of the amazing, vibrant and loving people that make up this awesome community. You’ll hear stories and perspectives, whether funny or pithy, sorrowful or cheerful – this is a mere snapshot of who we are. We hope you enjoy reading these accounts as much as we’ve enjoyed documenting them.

You can follow us on all our social media linked just below or see our website!

  • "The only image of Oxford I had was from the interviews, so I thought Freshers' Week was crazy, because I felt like I was catapulted into a whole new world away from Germany. I remember not sleeping a lot, and I also remember how funny I found the clashes of different events in a single day. For instance, in the morning we would have meetings with our tutors where we were really composed, and a couple of hours later we would be at the boathouse learning how to row, and then we would have a formal dinner and head to a pub straight after in fancy dress! As a Second Year, I now know how typical this is of Oxford life"

Hannah, 2nd Year, French and German (want to see more of college life? follow @jesuscollegejcr!) #humansofjesus #internationalweek
  • "I definitely feel like this year we have had so many amazing international formals, and I love that hall is trying to accommodate to different cultures. Organising the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hilary was so rewarding, because I felt like students got to understand Chinese culture better, through the language taster sessions, social events and the performances by Chinese students at Jesus. Lots of people have stereotyped or narrow ideas about foreign cultures, but they're all actually so different and diverse!" Calvados, 2nd Year, Physics (want to know more about college life? follow @jesuscollegejcr!) #humansofjesuscollege #internationalweek
  • "I never thought I'd come to Oxford... I was in another university back home in Palestine where I was studying English, and I heard that Jesus College was offering a scholarship to one Gaza student, so literally my only thought was 'What do I have to lose? I'll try applying for this, my grades are fine, maybe I'll get in, and if I don't it's completely fine!'. So I applied just to see what was going to happen, and I applied for a language I'd never learnt before! I chose beginners Italian in the end because it seemed like the most fun, and who doesn't like Italian food?" Lama, 1st Year, Beginners Italian and Linguistics (want to see more of college life? follow @jesuscollegejcr!) #humansofjesuscollege #internationalweek
  • "My tutors asked me at the first dinner we had during Freshers' Week what the biggest cultural difference between Lithuania and England was, and I immediately told them that it was the taps. Back home, like in most countries, we have one tap, and having two just doesn't make sense to me! It was annoying in the first couple of weeks, and sometimes still is to be honest. Otherwise, there were very small things that were different, nothing major... except for the taps!" Judita, 2nd Year, Physics (want to see more of college life? follow @jesuscollegejcr!) #humansofjesuscollege #internationalweek
  • "Even though I was considered quite good at English back home in Poland, there definitely was a language barrier present here... speaking English 24/7 was quite a challenge for me in the first month, I'd say, but now I'm used to it. The thing about Jesus is that a lot of the students are so welcoming, and even as an international student you don't feel like there's a huge difference between you and a Home student. They don't pay attention to your accent or anything- they treat you as one of their own"

Igor, 1st Year, Physics (want to see more of college life? follow @jesuscollegejcr!) #humansofjesuscollege #internationalweek
  • "I brought in eyeliner so that I can make myself look more presentable, but I don't think it's worked." (3/3)
Bronny, 3rd year, Medicine
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  • “I’ve discovered that if you have a really big, warm beanie, you can wear it, and it feels like someone’s hugging your head; and that’s quite nice because at times like this all you really want is a hug. Also, if you have, like, a good jumper and a scarf and a tea, that’s good. Lemsips help for the Fresher’s Flu. Look at some papers and try and make yourself feel like you’re doing your degree so you feel better, but really, you’re just scrolling through Facebook and stalking yourself back to 2015.” (2/3)
Bronny, 3rd year, Medicine (want to see more of college life? follow @jesuscollegejcr!) #humansofjesuscollege
  • “How are you feeling today, Bron?” “Everything seems a lot slower. Essentially, if you have a bop and then a dinner to meet your college children the next day, you will be affected afterwards.” (1/3)
Bronny, 3rd year, Medicine
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  • "I love the Jesus football team! I had literally just arrived in college as a first year, and I was at our college freshers fair. I’ve always been terrible at co-ordination related sports. But I thought, ‘I want to be on a team. Ok, what will most people not be good at?’ And I went, ‘Football! Barely anyone will have played women’s football before, so at least I won’t be the only beginner.” Turns out I was the only beginner, because I was the only person in our year who signed up! So I just showed up at a match – I had no idea what I was doing. But I had a really good time, and then after about a year we started doing some training. Then I thought, y’know, maybe I should learn the rules too… I’m still not that good skills-wise, but I have a great time anyway. It was just a thing where I wanted to play something, I said to the team ‘I’ve never played before’ and they said, ‘Please come anyway! We just like people coming along.’ It’s a really fun way to try out a sport, be on a team and hang out with people in other years. The college system means that you don’t have to do sports at a really elite standard here. It’s almost easier to play sport at Oxford, because you can try so much on a more casual, low-key level. University teams can have four training sessions a week, which is not how college sport goes at all."
Rosie, 2nd year, PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics)
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  • Caitlin: "I had the support from my college tutors and the college welfare team –  including Sailesh, who is an absolute legend. He organises applications for exam special conditions. I was only tested a month before prelims - they're our exams at the end of first year. But he said, “Right, we’re going to get this sorted." I can’t imagine the same situation at other universities – from talking to my friends, that kind of support is hard to get. It’s an exposing situation to be in, because the workload has increased so much. But it’s not a problem I can control, I guess, but I have lots of ways of getting round it… including lots of coloured pens!"
Jess: "Today is my first day of revision with coloured pens!" (2/2)
Jess & Caitlin, 3rd & 2nd year, Geography
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  • "I found out I was dyslexic about a year ago. I was fine all the way through school, no problems at all. I found English a little bit hard, French a bit tricky. A-levels weren’t a problem, then I got here and all of a sudden I had to read 10 papers and a couple of book chapters in two days, and I thought – I can’t read that fast. But the University is great about it. You get loads of support and there’s a tutor who comes and helps me with study skills techniques." (1/2)
Caitlin, 2nd year, Geography
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  • “I can’t really pick out one stand-out moment since it genuinely feels like every day there are several. You come into contact with people from college in so many different contexts- from great nights out, to playing sport for college which brings out so much team spirit. And equally you have really interesting conversations about whatever you’re studying. Some tutorials have been absolute highlights because they’re on a subject you’re fascinated by. You feel like you’re contributing and your tutor is engaging with your ideas and discussing them with you. It’s because it’s so multi-faceted that you can’t really say “That was the one moment I enjoyed!” because it’s so relentless. And I think if you choose to approach it with that kind of relentless attitude, that “I’m going to squeeze the most out of every day”, there’s such a plethora of opportunities that you’ll fill up your time, and you’ll enjoy it.” (3/3)
Asa, 1st year, History
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Visit us

Open Days

A chance to experience Oxford yourself and visit departments and colleges and ask plenty of questions! There are university-wide open days where most colleges and departments will be available to visit. The dates are 29 June, 30 June and 16 September 2016. See the university or college website for more information.

 

UNIQ Summer School

Completely free, week-long summer schools held in Oxford for state school students and ran by real tutors. 35 subjects are offered across 5 weeks in the summer to give students in their first year of higher education a realistic experience of being at Oxford! Visit the website for more information.

Target Schools Shadowing Days

A scheme run by students that offers a unique insight into university life. This is in place to provide students with the opportunity to hear about Oxford from a current undergraduate. Visit the website for more information.

Oxford Pathways

Run by the colleges of Oxford University, this initiative offer free events in Oxford for those in years 10-13. Opportunities include taster days, application information days, and study days to experience chosen academic subjects. Visit the website for more information.

Can’t make it to one of the open days? Feel free to send Jenyth an email as one of our Student Ambassadors may be available to show you around college and answer any questions you have. Watch this space for a student-produced Jesus College Youtube channel seeking to provide a virtual perspective on life in college, from experiencing a tutorial, to student interviews, to ‘day in the life’ videos!

Alternative prospectuses

Created by JCR members, this is an alternative look at college and university life

The official university-wide alternative prospectus from the Oxford University Student Union