Hi everyone I'm an international student with an offer to study PPE at Queen's. More or less in the dark about student life at Oxford, and would greatly appreciate any input!
Can anyone tell me more about the Oxford Union? I'm more familiar with extra-curriculars in the American system. How much of a commitment is it? For someone truly interested, how large a part of their schedule/campus life can this be, and is this, for some, more of a pillar of their social life than their college? I'm not the "funnest" person, take myself a bit too seriously and am not the type to drink and party, but do enjoy anything related to politics, debate, and conversations with likeminded people.
Does this provide a community where a politically minded student with ambitions for public office can grow/thrive, develop skills, meet people, and form the bulk of their Oxford experience? (Benazir Bhutto's experience as Oxford Union President rings a bell).
On one last note, if I may venture to ask, how competitive is this, how difficult is it to succeed or be elected to some leadership positions? Is one at a disadvantage for being at a certain college (in my case, Queen's), or being an international?
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