On the open day at Exeter College, I was struck by how welcoming everyone was, as well as how diverse the student community was. Everyone in Oxford claims that their College is the friendliest, the prettiest, and the best – but for Exeter, this really is true.
One of the main things I like about Exeter is its size: it’s got such a community feel to it, and there are good links between the different years because of the social events.
The Exeter Plus bridging programme was a godsend! We got to ease ourselves into undergraduate life without the pressure of being assessed, and I met my closest friend before university had even started!
Exeter is a beautiful college right in the centre of Oxford. When I visited it on the open day and met some of the students, I really got the sense that they were kind, friendly people.
Exeter is by no means the biggest or grandest College, but it has a tight-knit community of around 350 undergraduates. It’s one big family where we all know each other.
Throughout the programme, I was able to use Exeter College’s 24-hour library. Not all colleges have libraries that are open round the clock, which, therefore, made Exeter stand out.
Coming to Oxford from China was the best decision in my life so far. It has taught me to focus on cultivating and improving my core competitiveness. I frequently attend the Rector's Seminars, where many academics and leading figures in politics and industry come and share their views on either historical or current hot issues.
The decision to apply to Oxford was borne out of a combination of me trying to be the best I can be, whilst trying to reach that next step. Oxford is challenging but it’s good to be in an environment that allows you to feel challenged, but keeps you motivated, being surrounded by other motivated people.