Creativity Salon: That Oxford Girl
The Independent Oxford Christmas Market we are very excited to bring you the Independent Oxford Creativity Salon! We are taking over the bar room at Turl Street Kitchen from 10 am – 12 am on 2nd December as part of our Christmas Market, to bring you advice and expertise from 3 Oxford business women; Tilly Rose from That Oxford Girl, Natasha Denness from Candy Pop, and Rosie Jacobs (me!) from Independent Oxford & A Rosie Life.
Today on the blog, we’re chatting to Tilly and finding out a bit more about That Oxford Girl.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
I’m a recent graduate from Jesus College, Oxford University. I absolutely loved my time at Oxford but I am aware of how intimidating it can seem. I was, therefore, inspired to set up ‘That Oxford Girl’, a blog and Instagram providing a student perspective of the application process and life at Oxford University.
This free, positive account details current information about all aspects of University life. My blog and Instagram are connecting with young people globally who tell me they are enjoying the fact that the posts are written from an independent, student perspective, in a fun, light-hearted tone.
Since its launch in September 2016 I have been overwhelmed by the response. Whilst I appreciate there are numerous official documents relating to the University, it is the very fact that That Oxford Girl functions independently that makes it so appealing.
What inspired you to start your blog?
When I arrived at Oxford, I became aware of the huge disparity in the amount of help students had received during the Oxford application process. It also became increasingly clear just how fascinated visitors to the city are by the University and the Oxford student experience. I wanted to open the doors and give people a sneak peek into life behind the college walls from a student perspective. My blog is all about normalising the Oxford experience, providing applicants with useful advice, as well as giving an insight into college life.
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
I have been delighted with the way in which ‘That Oxford Girl’ has developed into a free access resource for school pupils around the world. I am told by many of my followers that the site has given them the confidence to consider Oxford as an option, in the first place.
What are your plans for 2018
To further develop my links with the colleges and halls and to collaborate with the wider university on areas related to access and participation.
Tell me about the sessions you are offering at the Independent Oxford Christmas Market and why people should book a slot pronto!
A slot with ‘That Oxford Girl’ will be a chance to talk about all things Oxford, whether you’re interested in University life or info on applying. I’m your girl!
We’re so looking forward to having Tilly join us in our inaugural Creativity Salon this year to help you get an insight into life at Oxford. You can book your session with her here for free. Choose from 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am.
We will also have a breakfast flat lay table set up and a photo booth so you can come and take some photos, and grab a coffee too.
See you there!