Name: Claire Holubowskyj
Subject: Archaeology and Anthropology
Matriculation Year: 2014
I’d heard about the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford which gave me the idea of studying Arch & Anth. I also liked the look of my course and completely fell in love with the Ashmolean Museum (also in Oxford) which made me decide to apply. Magdalen I chose because I wanted to study at a larger, central college with the resources to support me throughout my time there.
What I like most about Magdalen:
I love the sense of community among the extremely diverse people you get to meet here, how everyone’s always busy but make time for you regardless.
What’s involved in my subject:
While we have 8-10 hours of lectures and tutorials every week, with the odd practical handling class, my course mainly involves a lot of self-study, writing essays and reading to prepare for tutorials and seminars. In first year we cover a wide-range of ‘core’ topics, before getting the opportunity to specialise for finals.
Advice for applicants:
I’d say to just be yourself: the tutors are interested in the real you, and there’s no need to exaggerate or fake interest.
What I do when I’m not studying:
I row for the college, and am on the committees of the Archaeological Society and our Commemoration Ball. I also love relaxing with friends, making time to cook dinner as a group, having film nights and going punting (the best part of summer).