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Ruby Mullens

What’s the best thing about St Hilda’s?
For me, the best thing about St Hilda’s has got to be the community atmosphere. As a student here, I have found it to be a super friendly and welcoming place and I genuinely wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. There are so many things in place to help students meet people within the College – both inside and outside their subject and across the different years. The College family system at St Hilda’s, for example, is just one of these things which I found really helped to make Oxford feel less intimidating as a new student, as well as providing me with helpful connections to people doing similar degrees in other years.
 
What’s your favourite place in College and why?
The JCR and bar within it. In just my first year at St Hilda’s (before coronavirus hit), already so many memories have been made in this space – from late night problem sheet crises with my course mates, to bops, to mornings eating toasties in the Buttery – the list is endless. For me this space is not only one which is quirky and has some great character to it, but it also feels very safe. With the predominantly student-run bar, the atmosphere is very welcoming and not at all intimidating and I think this is certainly one of the things that contributes to St Hilda’s having such a friendly and welcoming vibe.
 
If you could raise money for one thing to help students what would it be?
I would want to raise money to put towards student welfare. The fast-paced lifestyle at Oxford lends itself to being a high-stress environment and I think it’s very easy for students to neglect their wellbeing, so implementing things to maintain good student welfare is of utmost importance. Behind both attainment in studies and general satisfaction in life is a good mental health and is why I think it’s essential to put resources into this area.
 
Why should alumnae give to St Hilda’s?
Even the smallest donation counts! These donations add up and really do contribute to making St Hilda’s a better place. Donations allow alumnae to give back to their College and go towards such a wide range of things which all help to better student life – ensuring future generations at St Hilda’s get the most out of their university experience.

Can you give an example of an activity or event run by the JCR that you have particularly enjoyed?
It has got to be the bops! Students across all years and subjects come together and have such a great time – there is always endless fun to be had. With each bop having its own theme it provides an opportunity to dress up, express your inner creative side and sing your heart out to whatever cheesy playlist has been put on for that evening. Through these events I have met lots of new people and developed some great friendships.

Ruby Mullens