My name is Bithia and I am a second-year PPEist from West London. I went to an outer-city comprehensive school in Hounslow (think Bend it Like Beckham) and never expected to end up studying at Oxford.
Whilst at school, I came to a PPE Open Day to St Anne's and sat in a few taster lectures given by the PPE tutors. Later, I sat in the dining hall and decided that the open, informal, chatty atmosphere suited me perfectly and since then, I've never looked back. I love studying at St Anne's because for an Oxford College, it's pretty relaxed. I spend hours in the St Anne's Coffee Shop (STACS) every day, as it's a great way to see friends and catch up with the news around college. The library is very beautiful and well-stocked with PPE books, so I never have to walk more than 100 metres to get the resources I need. One massive advantage of our location is that it's really close to Jericho, which is full of gorgeous cafes, homely pubs, upmarket restaurants, and greasy takeouts. Perfect for a varied student life.
Before I came to Oxford, I was concerned that I would be overwhelmed by the intellectual capacities of my peers. I was also worried that I would be disadvantaged because I had never studied Politics or Philosophy before. Neither of these preconceptions were realised. I soon learned that I could keep up with and enjoy the company of the other students at St Anne's and very quickly became incredibly close with a great group of friends. Having studied Economics at school, I figured before I started my degree that I would drop either Politics or Philosophy at the end of my first year. Low and behold, this was not the case and I am now really enjoying taking my Politics and Philosophy further.
PPE is a really flexible course in terms of what I am able to study and when I am able to do it. I have two essays a week which seems like a lot of work, but if I am organised it is easily manageable. In between essays, I find time to write for student newspapers, help out on college-based committees, and once or twice a week I'll go into town to one of Oxford's clubs. Overall, since coming to St Anne's I've had the best year and a half of my life so far and I would encourage any prospective applicant to apply here so they can experience the same.