If you’re new to Oxford, chances are you’ll have been surprised by how quickly it all seems to be going by. Oxford life can be a little bit of a blur at first, as you get used to living in the new place, meeting new people and finding your feet – time really does fly!
Your time at Oxford will be a special part of your life, so now is a great time to think about whether you’re making the most out of your university experience.
One area that many people overlook, and eventually regret, is missing out on opportunities to get involved in sports and physical activities at Oxford.
There is a huge choice of sports available, whether you want to represent the University, or you play for your college – and taking part in sport can be incredibly rewarding.
One piece of feedback we sometimes hear from students is that they feel that they missed out on the opportunity to join clubs, because they did not join at the start of the year. They often assume that they have missed their chance.
All of our sports clubs are keen to emphasise that they are always happy to accept new members throughout the year, and that newcomers will be made to feel welcome and included if they do decide to come along and try out something new.
It’s also true that the Oxford environment can be a little intense at times, and it’s only natural that some people feel a little less settled than others. If you are feeling a little unsure of your place in Oxford, taking part in a sport, or joining others for some exercise, can be really valuable way to feel a more settled and at home.
You can also find more helpful advice on this in the welfare section of the Oxford website.
Take a look at our A-Z of sports clubs, or talk to your JCR to find out more about the opportunities available.
This post is part of our Active at Oxford campaign, to encourage more students to enjoy the benefits of sports and physical activity. See here for more information.