Matt Whearty, 3rd year PPE
I discovered Lincoln almost by accident, when I’d only just decided I wanted to apply to Oxford – before I was even sure about the kind of college atmosphere and ethos that I wanted. However, the more I read about Lincoln’s small and friendly student body and it’s ideal central location, the more I began to realise that Lincoln sounded like a community I wanted to be a part of!
I’ve known since the moment I arrived that I’d made the right decision, with the JCR team responsible for Freshers’ Week being as welcoming as I hoped. Yet some of the great things about Lincoln took more time for me to appreciate – the incredible quality and value of the food compared to other options in the city wasn’t immediately apparent, but now I rarely ever consider eating outside of college!
Before arriving at Lincoln, however, I did have one main concern – my school had no tradition of Oxbridge applications, and I was worried this would be an issue for me, both in terms of fitting in socially and in terms of knowing what to expect from studying in college. I couldn’t have been more wrong! In Freshers’ Week, the Senior Tutor delivered a seminar which immediately gave me everything I needed to know about beginning my Lincoln education, and when it came to fitting in, my worries evaporated as soon as I started to get to know everybody!
Since arriving, I’ve become very involved in the college JCR, being elected Access Rep in my second year. This role has allowed me to help arrange JCR contributions to schools visits, such as by finding helpers for tours and information sessions, and trying to get the former schools of JCR members involved in access. This role also includes the job of editing the college’s Alternative Prospectus – a project I massively enjoyed working on, as it involved harnessing some of the huge enthusiasm the JCR feels about access!