Alexandra Clark

Hometown & Region: Liverpool

Degree: Fine Art (BFA)

A levels: Fine Art, Philosophy & Ethics, English Literature (also Foundation Diploma in Art and Design for 1 year after A Levels)

When I’m not working I’m…

…Travelling, art exhibitions, music, live music, cooking, reading, film, yoga, coffee and socialising

What made you choose to study at Brasenose and/or Oxford?

I didn’t really know much about any of the colleges before I came, whilst on an Open Day I looked around several colleges but Brasenose seemed to be the friendliest. I was taken around by a really enthusiastic member of the college who made it feel very normal and less daunting.

Is life in Oxford different to what you expected it to be?

I think I always expected the heavy work load.  But, I never really anticipated the social side of University/College Life or my ability to balance the demands of my course with other activities and socilalising. I guess I thought more about the degree I would leave with rather than the great friends I have met.

What do you like most about studying in Brasenose?

Brasenose is a very outgoing, well connected and socially engaged college with members having many other enriching activities beyond college life; sports, drama, dance, music and societies tackling social change. As a result, we are continuously invited to many events that extend our previous interests and are very social.

Also, its central location.

A quality you think is important for someone looking to study at Oxford?

Passion:  I think it’s extremely important to have a passion not only for your subject but for your other interests and activities so that ‘making it happen’ whatever that might be is self-initiated and enjoyable, rather than feeling like a chore!

What are the perks of your degree?

Much of my degree is self initiated with freedom to organise my work in a schedule that suits me and my other interests. The year group is small in size with 24 students a year making it a very friendly environment to work in as well as giving generous contact time with tutors.  Small year groups also mean that students from all 3 years of the course are well integrated with one another, something I find extremely beneficial for artistic discourse.