Congratulations to our new students.
Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, Nele moved to Oxford in 2011 to pursue a BA in PPE, focusing mainly on ethics, political philosophy, and social policy. Having been reallocated to Blackfriars, she knew little about the place when she arrived for interviews in December 2010 (late, voiceless due to a cold, and crashing straight into the entrance procession to Mass), but was swiftly ushered to the Common Room for coffee and port, and instantly fell in love with the Hall and its inhabitants. During her three years of studies at Blackfriars, Nele served as JCR/MCR President twice, and was an organizer of the Blackfriars Oxford Wine Society. Having graduated with a 2:1 in 2014, she stayed on at Blackfriars for an extra year, working at the Library, the Development Office, and the Las Casas Institute (though not all at the same time!).
In 2015, Nele moved to Brussels, where she works as parliamentary assistant to an Estonian Member of the European Parliament. She feels that the degree from Oxford gave her the perfect skillset to succeed in her present position, particularly as regards the ability to grasp a broad range of subjects in a limited amount of time. She is also happy to be able to continue pursuing her interest in ethics through work on parliamentary codes of conduct.
Looking back at her time in Oxford, Nele struggles to picture herself at any other college or private hall. For someone who started their first BA at the age of 21, Blackfriars offered the perfect social setting, with students from all ages and backgrounds, and the welcoming atmosphere created by the Brethren and the Hall staff gave the place a true sense of community. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the life at Blackfriars which sets it apart from large colleges, she finds, was the ease with which students could interact with senior members of the hall. Blackfriars employs or hosts a remarkable number of high-level academics and professionals from across the globe, and the ability to get to know them added greatly to her experience and personal development.
a series of seminars with Edward Hadas