Mr Anish Patel
I’m Anish, a second-year lawyer at Somerville. I came to the college from Watford Grammar School for Boys, a state comprehensive near North London. I first became interested in the study of Law through my involvement within the school debating society: I grew to enjoy arguing my point of view. Law is a subject which not only encourages you to develop your own opinions but regards them as absolutely essential. Oxford’s unique tutorial system provides the individual support necessary to engage with ideas at the highest level. My first memory of Somerville was actually nowhere near college itself. I was attending an open day at the Law faculty and started talking to some of the students who were helping out on the day. All the students were extremely friendly, but the Somerville students really stood out as being eager to provide a fun experience for prospective applicants. A positive attitude can be passed down by through a student body: everyone who comes to the college is keen to maintain the positive atmosphere that they found so welcoming when they first came here.
There are often a lot of myths surrounding Oxford applications and the ‘typical Oxford student’. The truth is that there is no such thing: students at Oxford are both as normal and unique as those at other universities. The only extra requirement is that you have the potential to be one of the best in your discipline. To encourage those who have that potential within them to apply, I decided to participate in the Oxford Target Schools initiative. It aims to assist those who attend schools without a history of sending students to Oxbridge by providing an insight on how to apply. As President of the Somerville Law Society, I strongly encourage any interested students who are passionate about their subject to apply.