Alex Proudfoot

Alex Proudfoot

Course: BA Geography - Final Year (undergraduate three-year course)
From: Watford - Watford Grammar School for Boys
Living in: Bartlemas Close (College flats)

Being a geographer typically affords me the privilege to indulge my laziness as very rarely do we have early lectures. Normally lectures will begin at 11 on most days and last for an hour or two. This means the morning can be used either to get ahead on work for the week’s essay or for catching up on some sleep! Following lectures, everyone usually heads into College to get lunch in Hall. What should be only a twenty minute meal almost always ends up stretching out to a break for an hour or so, as people attempt to avoid the library.

My afternoons are usually spent in the College library reading for or writing my essay/s for the week and dealing with any issues that arise from my position on the JCR Committee as Treasurer. Unless I have any meetings or other commitments I normally work through until dinner at 6 in College. During first year, geographers are expected to attend computer sessions teaching them skills for Earth Observation and statistics in order to prepare them for the Final Honour School; these take place for around two hours on one afternoon a week. Most of my tutorials are organised for the afternoon so some afternoons will be spent reading through my essays and trying to prepare myself for any questions that might be asked. Tutorials can either be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding if you are engaged with a topic, or a scramble to say anything that will get you through the hour if you haven’t put the effort in...

What I do following dinner is dependent on how productive I have been in the afternoon; on some days I can afford to take the whole evening off and on others I will work for a few more hours in the evening. I try to make sure that every night I am doing something social, be that relaxing with friends or going out to one of Oxford’s clubs. Whilst there is a lot of work to be done at Oxford it is incredibly enriching, and rather than work eating into time spent doing extracurricular/social activities, students tend to find that somehow they push themselves to get everything done every week and ensure they’re not missing out on anything! Everyone manages their work differently, but after a term at Oxford you’ll come to work out what works best for you!