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Tumi Ogundamisi

What’s the best thing about St Hilda’s?
For me, the best thing about St Hilda’s is the nature and peaceful atmosphere. I wake up to the sight of cherry blossoms, daffodils and flowers in bloom and fall asleep to the lull of birdsong. This creates a nice middle ground where we are close enough to the city that is it not a hassle but just far enough to really appreciate its quiet beauty.  

What’s your favourite place in College and why?
My favourite place in College is by the water. I have seen many a beautiful sunset reflected off the river here. I can only imagine how nice it will be in summer when the punts are available, and you can see the whole span of St Hilda’s.  

If you could raise money for one thing to help students what would it be?
I would raise money to promote international research as well as travel to aid undergraduates in the pursuit of education globally. This will increase interconnectedness between other universities abroad, promote diversity and understanding of our subjects on a global level as well as provide fun experiences to alleviate the stress of rigorous academics.  

Why should alumnae give to St Hilda’s?
To quote Tesco: every little helps! We current students are walking in the footsteps that alumnae once walked in and the same for those before them. To create an environment full of opportunity, learning and happiness we can all play a part in making Hilda’s a better place. Part of that is giving what you can, and that is not to say giving all you have. If everyone donates a little, then we have a lot. A little can go a long way to help students have the same opportunities alumnae had when they attended St Hilda’s.  

If you have received a bursary, scholarship or grant, how has this made a difference to you?

I have received the Reuben Scholarship as well as the academic grant. This has greatly impacted my studies in a positive way as it has helped finance my day-to-day living allowing me to focus on and prioritise my studies as well as giving me the opportunity to engage in extracurriculars. 

Can you give an example of an activity or event run by the JCR that you have particularly enjoyed?
I think the JCR did an amazing job of making Freshers' Week fun and enjoyable despite the constraints of the pandemic. I particularly enjoyed the 'plush nights' hosted by the JCR as they allowed me to meet other members of my College in a COVID-safe way.  

Tumi Ogundamisi