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Lincoln College

Matt Jones - History

3rd-Year History undergraduate

The friendly and down-to-earth Lincoln students I met on the Open Day immediately decided my choice of college. They shattered all my preconceptions and stereotypes of Oxford and I knew I wanted to become part of the close community they clearly loved. From my first day as a Fresher, Lincoln has not failed to deliver!

I find the best thing about History here is the incredible control you are given over your degree. The diversity allows you to shape the course to your interests, explore fresh topics and develop new academic passions. My personal experience has included studying indigenous narratives of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, analysing the origins of nationalism in 19th Century Europe and developing a fascination for social history that never existed at high school!

The tutorial system provides the foundation for all this and Lincoln could not offer you a better experience. The opportunity to independently develop your own ideas, which are then challenged by alternative interpretations you had never contemplated, is initially daunting. Our tutors, however, are so accommodating, it quickly becomes an exciting and valuable part of your academic week. The Lincoln history crowd is very sociable too, so you have plenty of support from your peers. We take many opportunities to enjoy a meal or watch a historically inaccurate film, whilst the history day trip is an annual highlight!

The flexibility of the history course, and effective time management, means you will find all of us enjoying the other opportunities offered by Oxford student life. I've loved getting involved in the JCR as the Access and Academic Affairs Officer this year, as well as volunteering with the college charity VacProj. The Lincoln ethos encourages participation in sport, drama and music - regardless of ability! My time at Lincoln continues to be the best ever, with amazing mates and daily new experiences, and I hope it can offer you the same.