Some Updates

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The wife and me

Because this ain’t my first time at the summer-in-NYC rodeo, I haven’t felt like I’ve had a ton of blog-worthy updates. But of course, that isn’t true. My summer has been pretty different — well, more like entirely different — than last summer. So if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this time around, read on! Continue reading

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From Austria to Czechia

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Church of St. Barbara in Kutna Hora (and me!)

Greetings from Barcelona! It’s now been over two weeks since I left Oxford for my epic European spring break extravaganza. That means I’m halfway home! Having seen five countries and seven cities in just 15 days, I’m glad I didn’t choose to continue traveling for the entire five/six week break. It’s incredible to see parts of the world that are new to me, but fatigue is setting in, and I’m looking forward to slowing down for a bit back in the US. First, though, a recap on the second half of the first leg of my journey–confusing, I know. From Budapest, we went to Vienna and Prague. Did you know that the Czech Republic changed its English name to Czechia? Apparently, a lot of the people who live there didn’t know either, so you’re not alone. Continue reading

Halfway Point

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The British Museum in London

Despite my impressive productivity at the beginning of the term, I let half of Hilary go by before writing another post. Though the initial burst of energy has waned, it hasn’t disappeared completely. I have, though my infrequent social media updates might suggest otherwise, still been getting out and doing fun things here in Oxford. As we are entering week six of term two, I’ve now completed over half of my abroad year! Oh, how the time flies. Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks. Continue reading

The Beginning of Hilary (and the Beginning of Trump)

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Of the many pictures I’ve taken of the Radcliffe Camera, this one is undoubtedly my favorite yet.

For anyone who thought I made a confusing reference and/or careless typo in the title, let me clear this up: I am now in my second term at Oxford, which is called Hilary Term. The second title, however, needs no explanation. Read on to see what I’ve been doing since I returned to Oxford, and of course, since Trump has been inaugurated. Continue reading

Flying Solo

 

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Bergen fjord cruise

Instead of going straight home from Oxford at the end of term, I decided to take a jaunt through Norway and Iceland. When I first mentioned the idea, my dad thought I should hold off on making firm plans just in case I found some friends in England who might want to accompany me, but I’ve always wanted to try traveling by myself and I finally had the chance to do it. So I took a trip for myself and myself alone, and I had an incredible time. In fact, it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken. Now with it all behind me, I write my experiences for all to read.

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Term One: Term Done

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Me and two visiting student friends at the Merton Ball!

The last few weeks of Michaelmas term were like a whirlwind–the days go slow, but the weeks go fast. In the interest of pure honesty, I have had plenty of time in the last few weeks to write a post. Besides reading and writing, I’ve also done a lot of TV-watching. But again, there’s that trap of “I’m doing something more interesting this weekend, I’ll hold off on a post.” Yet now that the term is over and I’m sitting on a train from Oslo to Bergen for four more hours, there are no excuses. Thus, my last post of my first term in Oxford commences! Continue reading

Election Blues (and Other, Happier Things)

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High tea at The Grand Cafe on High St., Oxford!

For a few weeks now, I’ve been delaying my next post for a variety of reasons. First, I thought, I’m going to a ball and London next weekend, I’ll write about that. Having been distracted by my stolen wallet (more on that), I then thought, I’ll wait until the election is over and I’ll write about that. Now, here I am, with far too much to say for one post, yet I don’t have much choice. So here’s a monster post with, predictably, my reaction to the election, and a big catch-up on Oxford life. I’ve written the parts separately, so feel free to skip around depending on what you’re actually interested in hearing me talk about (reading me write about?). Continue reading

All By Myself: Tutorials

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Duke Humfrey’s Library in the Old Bodleian. Used in Harry Potter!

One of the major draws for me when I was considering applying to Oxford was the tutorial system. It’s not a British or English thing: it’s pretty much just an Oxbridge (Oxford + Cambridge) thing. My typical week here is drastically different than a typical week at Cornell, and though both are challenging in their own ways, I’m finding myself constantly pushed to be better every day here — and a lot of the time, I’m the one doing the pushing. Continue reading

College is Just Uni, Right?

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Lady Margaret Hall is my college

Some of the freshers I’ve met here have expressed confusion about college versus university. “So when you say go to college,” they asked, “you really just mean uni? Like, what’s the difference?” And while we Americans gave them a sufficient explanation (a university includes a graduate school while a college does not), it got me thinking about different definitions. Oxford’s college system is completely unlike anything found in the states — it’s not just a matter of what you call your higher education institute. Continue reading

New York, New York

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View from Governors Island!

After three months of working and living in New York, I went back home to Texas at the end of August, where I’ve been vegetating and frantically reading up a storm in preparation for Oxford ever since. Being home has given me ample (extremely ample) time to reflect upon my summer in New York and how much it taught me about the industry I hope to work in one day, “adulting,” and living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Continue reading