On behalf of the MCR community, please allow me to offer you a very warm welcome! You’re joining a college, and a graduate body, which prides itself on the unrivalled quality of facilities, experiences, and support it offers its members. I hope that for all of you, Balliol will provide the setting for one of the happiest periods of your life.
Your committee have been working hard already to make sure you have a week, and a year, to remember. We will be doing all we can to make sure that your year is socially stimulating, as well as academically rewarding. Oxford – and especially Balliol - provides a wonderful opportunity for graduate study, not just because of its reputation for institutional excellence, but because of the opportunity to create lasting relationships with fellow graduate students, who help to support, encourage, and challenge each other.
Steeped in tradition and preceded by its reputation, Oxford can, to some, seem an intimidating and confusing place upon arrival, but by the end of our Freshers’ Week programme, we hope that you will be starting to feel right at home. Be sure to come along to as many events as you can to get to know your fellow freshers, as well as the ‘stalers’ (basically everybody who isn’t a fresher!). We’re very excited to welcome you to our community, and to Holywell Manor – our home. We all remember how it feels moving to a new place, and the committee, the wardens, and I’m sure every member of the community, will be more than happy to answer the many questions you will undoubtedly have.
Balliol has given me some of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and many friends I will have for the rest of my life. I’m looking forward to the new year, and adding to both, and I hope you all are too. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, either by email or via the Facebook group, with any questions you have or help you need, and we’ll be happy to assist.
I look forward to meeting you all very soon, and welcome to Balliol.
Very best wishes,
Calum W. White