Jojo – Economics and Management
What do you like best about your course?
I love how personal the teaching here is. Naturally the content of the course is going to be new and unfamiliar, but your tutors are always willing to do their best to help you achieve. It really helps to ease you in when you get here because they know how difficult the change at university can be and they are normally very supportive in their encouragement.
It also really helps that the course content is genuinely interesting. Studying Economics & Management is like looking at business and the economy from multiple different angles at the same time. The ideas are varied, and you utilise a wide range of skills in even just a single week of the degree. Also, a lot of the concepts are embedded in human behaviour which makes it all the more engaging to learn about.
How is your subject taught at Oxford?
Each week I normally have around 7 hours of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials, with a class for financial management as well. The contact hours for E&M are quite low in comparison to many others which means you can be quite flexible in how you work. A lot of the emphasis is on individual study and motivating yourself.
What advice would you give potential applicants interested in studying your subject?
To have a look – a real and deep look – at the course content, and see if it interests you. I think a lot of applicants overly focus on the Economics side of the course and forget that they will be spending an equal (if not greater) amount of time on management. I was lucky enough to be really drawn in by the themes that general management borrows from anthropology and sociology but its really worth finding out a little about the course before applying.
What is life like as a student here?
Life here can be quite intense, but it is really what you make of it. If I spent all my time completely focussed on completing essays and problem sheets, then the work would be very manageable but that would be a real waste of all the new experiences open to you as a student here. Everyone has to balance lectures, classes and submitted work but beyond that you can really write your own university experience. Whether that be sport, societies, volunteering or something completely new!
Why did you choose St Edmund Hall?
I chose to apply to St Edmund Hall simply because its opposite the building where all the first-year Economics lectures are! The cherry on top was that there is quite a large E&M community at the Hall which means there are normally people around to give advice on things that you might be struggling with.
What sort of extra-curricular activities are you involved in at Oxford?
There are so many activities to do at Oxford that sometimes it’s almost overwhelming. I worked with Oxford Strategy Group for a term to try and improve the finances of a struggling charity in Nigeria. I picked up rowing at the start of the year and even though the early mornings were quite rough it has been really enjoyable. I also spend a lot of time with the African Caribbean Society as the Junior Welfare Officer which means that I work to make sure everyone feels at home in the society as well as organising some welfare events throughout the term. Recently, I have played rugby with the Hilarians (the second team at St Edmund Hall) which has been a great way to get involved in the rugby here at a very accessible level. Teddy Hall is renowned as a sporty college and even if you’ve never been particularly interested in competitive sport this is the perfect opportunity to give new things a chance – everyone is always welcoming.
What’s special about Oxford compared to other universities?
The most noticeable difference that you’ll feel in Oxford is the college experience. Having a group of friendly faces that are always around you can make a daunting university seem like a home. The sort of community spirit that you’ll feel when you’re at a college event is something really special in itself and definitely worth applying for.