Lena Garrett

Hometown & Region: London, South-East

Degree: Modern Languages (German & Russian)

A levels: German, Maths, Physics, Russian

When I’m not working I’m…

…Working on short film projects in Oxford. Seeing friends in plays, concerts, gigs and comedy shows. Pretending to help while my talented foodie friends cook for me (and then help for real with the eating).

(Summertime only) punting and having picnics. Trying to do Pilates and yoga

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

A gut feeling when I came to visit, but the College’s friendly reputation (both from people I had spoken to at Oxford and from what I had read on The Student Room forum) didn’t hurt either.

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

I didn’t know what to expect but definitely I didn’t expect the majority of people to be as nice, interested and interesting as they are.

What do you like most about studying in Brasenose?

The people – friends, tutors and College staff alike

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

I don’t think there’s one quality you can single out. ‘Hard working’ is an obvious one that I think is true, but I’m sure others would say there are other, more important qualities. I guess it really depends on your own strengths and weaknesses.

What are the perks of your degree?

There are many perks, but I’d say the aspect that most sets it apart from other degrees is the Year Abroad- going abroad for a year, living independently for that time and –hopefully- getting fluent in one or two foreign languages, depending on your language(s), whilst studying and/or working. Brasenose and the University as a whole have some amazing travel grants for which you can apply, which can really help with travel costs, especially if you have a particular project in mind which isn’t attached to a job or university placement.