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Student Profile, Jonny Bell

Jonny Bell, 2nd year Chemistry


As soon as I walked into Lincoln I knew it was the college for me. I was drawn in by the beauty of the buildings and its position right in the centre of Oxford but most of all I fell in love with the warmth and friendliness of everyone there. Now that I’m here I can say that Lincoln is even better than I imagined it would be. The small size of the college makes for a family. It feels like home.

In a more practical sense, Lincoln is the perfect place to study Chemistry. It’s close (but not too close!) to the department and the college provides accommodation all four years so that you don’t have to scrabble around trying to find somewhere to live. The accommodation provided is one of Lincoln’s main selling points. All the first and second years live in college or just across the road, so you’ll always feel part of the college and, most importantly, it’s a two-minute walk to the dining hall for food (which is notoriously good by the way).

The life of a Chemist is busy, with lectures, labs and tutorials but it is certainly manageable and the tutors are kind, friendly and ready to help.

Lincoln is by no means limited to academia and there’s plenty of opportunity to keep yourself busy with others activities. As with any community, the key thing at Lincoln is getting involved and there’s so much choice! Whether you want to organise events, play sports, sing and dance or set up something new, everything is catered for. I am captain of Lincoln 2nds football team, which I think typifies Lincoln as a place where anyone can play as long as you get stuck in, given how rubbish I am at football!

At the end of the day, different college atmospheres will suit different people, but if a small, friendly community sounds like something that would appeal to you then I suggest you come and take a look around Lincoln – you’ll love it!