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Merton College (Oxford) Students and Applicants

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    Instead of revising today, I was browsing round random sites, and I saw on the Merton page that there's some whole winter ball thing based around Narnia and stuff. Are any tickets kept for freshers? It'd suck if none of the new people were able to get tickets, and since I'm having a year abroad for my 2nd I'd have to wait until third year to go. What is the whole "commemoration ball" thing? How are they different to ordinary balls? I think the whole thing kind of confusing.
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    Ok, that's cool, thanks. Hopefully I can get a few friends from school to come to it as well.

    I think I remember talking to you during interviews, when I was in the helpers' little office before an interview. I remember saying to one girl "all the maths and science people are coming soon, I wonder if they'll be as sociable. What subject do you do?" "Maths." Whoops...
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    No, it to some random girl. But I thought you were the JCR president? I must have completely mixed you up in my head with someone else. Crap.
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    vegetarian option
    Yeah I am vegetarian and I thought the food was fantastic considering that I had been warned about the English and their cooking :P
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    (Original post by burntgorilla)
    This thread needs bumped.

    Instead of revising today, I was browsing round random sites, and I saw on the Merton page that there's some whole winter ball thing based around Narnia and stuff. Are any tickets kept for freshers? It'd suck if none of the new people were able to get tickets, and since I'm having a year abroad for my 2nd I'd have to wait until third year to go. What is the whole "commemoration ball" thing? How are they different to ordinary balls? I think the whole thing kind of confusing.
    Merton only has a Ball every three years, not every year. It is one of the few colleges that has a Winter Ball rather than one in Trinity - this trinity there have been 8 balls at least - so it should be good :-) Commemoration Balls happen in the 9th week of Trinity term, this year it is the turn of New College.
    There will be tickets available for freshers, infact there should be invitations in your freshers packs. Each member of the university can bring up to 4 friends so it is possible for people to have guests from school and family, although all guests must be over 18.

    For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, here's the website for the Ball;

    www.mertonball.com

    It's going to be amazing! Feel free to message me about it if you want any more info xxx
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    Is anyone on here doing E&M?
    I am in need of some advice
    Please PM if/when you have the time, thank you so much!
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    Oh wow, all this Winter Ball thing is out of this world. Balloon, flaming absinthe, life-size ice sculptures, casino, fire dancing, free-flowing champagne...

    Can't wait!
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    Angel, you changed your name :confused:
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    Shh!! It's secret!! :-O
    My last username wasn't that good an idea to be honest... a bit too... overt.
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    okay... i'm really glad the accomodation is mixed for 1st years! I was just wondering though, I have friends at uni in cardiff and bristol and I sometimes go out at the weekends with them then just sleep on their floor in halls. Can you do this in Oxford, say if my boyfriend came up for a night would he be able to sleep in my room? hope so, i'm guessing hotels are expensive in Oxford!
    Excited but slightly scared about the whole oxford thing, i read in some uni guide that Mertonians are "dull and rarely seen on the social scene" PLEASE say this isnt true!xx
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    There's always some truth in stereotypes, but hardly ever universal truth. I'd imagine there are people who are perceived to be dull at Merton, perhaps a slightly higher proportion than at other colleges (hence forming the stereotype), but the majority are probably normal, lively, social students! To quote the oxford handbook website (not necessarily a reliable source, but hey...) 'Of the Merton stereotype of dull, insular, hardworking students, only the latter could be said to be true. An intimidating academic reputation hides the true Merton – a small, friendly and close-knit College with a fantastic social life that is a truly memorable place in which to live and work.'. So all is OK! Remember, even if everyone is dull (which they won't be...), you could still break the mould!
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    At interviews everyone seemed friendly and sociable, so I wouldn't put too much faith in the stereotype. And if we are worked harder than at other colleges, it'll just mean we'll have to put more effort into doing all the fun things as well.
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    Yup, it is when you've been working real hard when you most feel like having fun afterwards.
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    (Original post by jelly tots)
    okay... i'm really glad the accomodation is mixed for 1st years! I was just wondering though, I have friends at uni in cardiff and bristol and I sometimes go out at the weekends with them then just sleep on their floor in halls. Can you do this in Oxford, say if my boyfriend came up for a night would he be able to sleep in my room? hope so, i'm guessing hotels are expensive in Oxford!
    Mixed accommodation...wow. Your year is the first to have fully mixed accommodation, so feel honoured!
    Other people sleeping in your room is fine. Well, officially against College regulations, but they're never going to find out, unless your scout comes in in the morning and is the petty type. I have never, however, heard of anyone getting into trouble for this.
    I have a girlfriend at another college, and she's stayed at mine (and I at hers) many times, so I wouldn't worry.

    A side note - if you have people coming up to stay who can't/won't stay in your room, there is a special guest room in College you can book at just £17.50 a night (in contrast to the £175 a night charged by most hotels around Merton). Just make sure you book it well in advance, as it is in high demand.
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    What do you mean by mixed accomodation? Like male and female sleeping on the same floor/in the same building?
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    Previously, the Merton Street houses have been only guys, and there have been a few guys in Rose Lane, all on the same floor. Most of Rose Lane, however, is girls. There are no mixed floors.

    At least, that's how it's been so far. As I said, your year is the first they're mixing properly, so I'm not entirely sure, but floors will probably get mixed as well.

    The only restriction I've heard is that they're not going to put girls on the ground floor of Merton Street, for their safety.
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    Just a random question......has anyone received any information from Merton about anything yet?

    Should I expect anything before results day? Because so far I've heard nothing since they sent the offer and I firmed it.

    I know the colleges do things differently, but a friend who got an offer from another college...can't remember which, sorry...got letters about accomodation and things ages ago.
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    I haven't. But then I'm not sure what they would need to tell us. I did get reading lists, though.
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    (Original post by burntgorilla)
    I haven't. But then I'm not sure what they would need to tell us. I did get reading lists, though.
    Thanks, was just curious....I've had more from my insurance uni than Oxford. I presume everything comes nearer results day then.
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    I haven't recieved anything. Math & Comp Sci.

    It might be more useful to ask in the part forum instead of in this thread.

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