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Luke Newham - Biochemistry

3rd year Biochemistry undergraduate.

'They said to send in the next person when I was done, good luck'. I was nervous, sitting in an unfamiliar hallway awaiting my interview for Lincoln College Oxford to read Biochemistry. What were they going to ask me about? What if I don't know any of the answers? What if I trip over and smack my head on a bookshelf as I go in? - actually that would just be funny.

I had chosen Lincoln because of both what the prospectus and the students had said about it. The prospectus had initially captured my interest by stating that Lincoln was quite a small, centrally located college with a close-knit, friendly community, that academically had been consistently among the top ten colleges - not to mention the notoriously good food. All of these things were then backed up by anyone and everyone that I spoke to on the Lincoln open day (which I definitely recommend attending) and I must say that I wholeheartedly agree after being here for two years. One thing that I also found at Lincoln and want to add to this list of positives is Lincoln's sporting flare. Since joining I have been witness to Lincoln punching above its weight in many sporting activities, so if sport matters to you, do not be put off by Lincoln's small size.

The Biochemistry course is taught through a combination of departmentally organised lectures, problem and practical classes, which are then supplemented by tutorials (tutes) that are organised between you and your tutor at Lincoln. The course is quite demanding in the first year, where the basics are taught to enable students to become a 'competent biochemist'. This basic understanding is then built upon in the second and third years, where you begin to explore theories put forward in lectures by the leading researchers in the field, something which I find a privilege to be part of. As biochemistry is a research science there are always new theories developing and the syllabus taught manages to keep up to date with these, something which I definitely find exciting as it means your learning is based around current research - something that stands you in good stead for a further career in science.

Finally I think that it is important to say that your experience of Lincoln and indeed Oxford is, at the end of the day, what you make of it. This is reflected nicely by one of the infamous Lincoln sayings: Get Involved!