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Lincoln College

Diana Bowtell - Chemistry

3rd-year Chemistry undergraduate.

For me, Lincoln ticks all the boxes: it's central, being only a stone's throw from the Rad Cam, Covered Market and, of course, Sainsbury's; it's beautiful, with the most immaculate lawns; and, in having a converted church for a library, it boasts its own dreaming spire.

However, what really makes Lincoln stand out is its close-knit community- what Lincoln lacks in size it certainly makes up for in warmth and friendliness! People from all subjects and years are truly integrated.  This comes across right from the first day, melting away any apprehensions of making the transition to University, especially one as steeped in tradition as Oxford.

Life as a chemist can certainly be busy with lectures, tutorials and labs to fit in. It can also be quite challenging as chemistry isn't always a walk in the park. But don't be put off! The tutorial system makes the workload more than manageable and also means help is always on hand if quantum mechanics, as it invariably will, is getting the better of you.

Also, there are plenty of opportunities at Lincoln to look beyond academia and the choice of activities is not limited. Oxford offers a broad and eclectic mix of societies that caters for everyone's tastes. I've dabbled with rowing and hockey, have got fully involved with Lincoln's charity, which takes underprivileged children on holiday each year, and embraced some seriously tacky costumes for Lincoln's regular 'bops'.

With whatever you chose to get involved in, Lincoln not only provides a great backdrop but also a supporting framework that ensures your time spent at university fulfils its potential.