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4. Junior Common Room Information

An introduction from your Freshers’ Rep, Molayo Ogunde

Firstly, congratulations for getting into one of the best universities in the world! If it isn’t hard enough getting in, you’ve done it amidst a pandemic. So, relax, sit back and celebrate this incredible achievement! From my experience so far, I can truly tell you that Oxford is an exciting place to study, full of opportunity, but not without its hardships. I know firsthand how different Oxford can be to anything you’ve experienced before, a large contrast to the areas and schools the majority of us come from. Many of you will undoubtedly experience ‘Imposter Syndrome’ at some point during your time here, but do not let that stop you having a good time! Remember, you deserve to be here just as much as any other Oxford student. You belong here. You submitted a top-notch personal statement, scored highly on your admissions test, aced the interview and, most impressively, combatted a global pandemic.

So, who am I? I’m Molayo (mo-lah-yo), a 2nd year Human Scientist, and I get the pleasure of being your Freshers’ Representative. Besides that, I’m massively into sport, music and writing, all of which are easily accessible in college. As Freshers’ Rep, my responsibility is helping you to settle in, and hopefully this page will be the first step to achieving that. The talented editors of the JCR Freshers’ guide have crafted a great introduction to college and university life, which should hopefully make more sense once you arrive in Oxford (it may be worth giving the guide a re-read in freshers’ week). Additionally, your college parent letters will introduce you to your new family, who I’m sure are just as eager to hear from you as I.

The second aspect of my role is organizing your Freshers’ Week, which is an odd but very enjoyable introduction to university. You will have moved away from home, perhaps for the first time, and may not know anyone at the college or even at the university. This isn’t something to worry about; the St Hugh’s community is very friendly and excited to meet all the freshers. Besides meeting other Hughsies (a nickname for St Hugh’s students), you will also have a variety of freshers’ events, including fairs, workshops and sports tasters. That’s all the spoilers I can give at this stage, sorry! Most of all, I recommend getting stuck in to as many events as you can, they’re a great way to get to know the people and the city better. Make sure that you join the Facebook group for updates!

Of course, you may feel some sort of nervous excitement in the car/plane/train/boat? to Oxford but the second you arrive here you will instantly feel at home. Once the whirlwind of freshers’ week settles down, you will have met lots of friendly freshers and chatted to lovely students across the years in St Hugh’s and beyond. And so, you shall embark on an incredible journey which will be filled with many challenges but a multitude of incredible experiences and memories which you will cherish forever.

If you have any questions (literally any) that haven’t been answered by the Freshers’ Pack, or if my introduction hasn’t been particularly successful and you want to know a little more about who I am, just email (molayo.ogunde@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk) or message (Molayo Ogunde on Facebook) me. I am so excited for you to come to the best college in Oxford and to get to know each and every one of you. See you soon!

 

The JCR have put together a JCR Freshers’ guide to provide an introduction to University student life; there is also an International Students’ guide for those arriving from abroad. 

If you’d like to order your sub fusc through the JCR, please complete the sub fusc order form. Details for payment are given in the form.

Freshers’ Merchanidise is also available to be ordered through the JCR – to view the merchandise, and make an order, please see the Freshers’ Merchandise order form.

Please do join the join the St Hugh’s Freshers 2021 Facebook group for updates, and do check your emails regularly.