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Student Profile, Will Vowell

Will Vowell, 2nd year French and Russian


As someone who grew up near the city of Oxford, I was unsure if I would fit in with the university environment here. Even though I was local, I didn’t know anyone here or have any contacts - it all seemed quite distant to me, as it does for almost everyone before they arrive.

Thankfully, all those fears of being a sort of outsider immediately disappeared as I settled into Lincoln’s inclusive, friendly and welcoming community. Despite these cliché and often overused terms, they really do apply to Lincoln.

As a small college, everyone makes friends really quickly - the college bops (parties), open mic nights and drama events all help to create a really strong bond both within the year groups and between them. It’s so much easier to get through the inevitable busier parts of term - whether due to work or other commitments - when you’re surrounded by the company of a genuinely great bunch of people.

Lincoln helps make everyday life as straightforward as possible for students. The college’s central location is really convenient for rolling out of bed in the morning and into a French lecture at the languages faculty; or a quick dash to Tesco for a top-up of your snacks supply. The great accommodation for freshers - with all students living in college or across the road, and every room having an en-suite - makes settling in to Lincoln life easy and relaxed. The brilliant food served in hall (supposedly some of the best in the uni) means healthy, delicious and filling meals for students are the norm rather than a rarity.

There is a lot of variation and diversity in studying French and Russian. I have some French tutorials in college, some tutorials at other colleges, and Russian classes at the faculty centre. I also study a mix of translation, grammar, poetry and novels - writing and speaking in the language alongside literature-based essays (though thankfully not too many!).

I’m spending my second year living and studying in Yaroslavl’ in Russia, which I’m really looking forward to. But I can’t wait to return home next year to the brilliant company of Lincoln students, the great college community spirit, and the general buzz of Oxford life.