But in between all the fun and frivolity, Oxford can of course be a stressful and difficult place to be, for many reasons. The MCR Welfare Officers are one of the places that Lincoln students can turn if they feel they need support.
MCR Welfare Officers
Lincoln MCR is a vibrant, close-knit and generally very happy community of people; during term time, you might find many of us sampling wine and cheese in the MCR, enjoying a bring-and-share meal for Thanksgiving, or dancing the night away at the termly Emily Carr party. But in between all the fun and frivolity, Oxford can of course be a stressful and difficult place to be, for many reasons. The MCR Welfare Officers are one of the places that Lincoln students can turn if they feel they need support.
Our names are Rose and Jochen, and we are the MCR Welfare Officers. Rose is a second year DPhil student in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, and Jochen is a second year DPhil in the Department of Chemistry. Perhaps the simplest yet most important service that we provide is being available and willing to listen to any member of the MCR who wishes to talk to us. We have both received 30 hours of training from the University Counseling Service and so are able to listen openly and effectively, and to recommend other services that might be appropriate or helpful to those who are having a difficult time.
In addition to this kind of support, we also organize a host of events throughout term time. Of course, the incredible Social Team already provide a packed calendar of organized fun for us to enjoy, but welfare events are designed specifically to provide a relaxing atmosphere and a chance to take a break from some of the stresses and pressures of Oxford life. We run a weekly tea and cake afternoon in the MCR, which is always well attended by hungry MCR members looking for an opportunity to catch up with friends over a slice of Jochen’s popular homemade apple pie! We also organize weekly fitness classes that are paid for by the donations of generous alumni, through contributions to the Annual Fund. These fitness classes include 20 minutes each of strength, cardio and flexibility training, and are extremely popular amongst MCR members looking for a chance to boost both physical fitness and endorphin levels, whilst having a laugh with friends! Other popular welfare events include countryside walks in the Cotswolds, a ceramic painting workshop in the MCR, movie nights with popcorn and pizza, and the highly competitive Easter Bake Off competition. It is truly a privilege to be Welfare Officers for Lincoln MCR, and we are both grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community that made us feel so welcome when we arrived in Oxford.