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

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Early Decision

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 5.08.59 PMAs it’s that time of year, I’ve decided to write a post for all the high school seniors out there who pledged unflinchingly to attend a certain institution upon acceptance in the increasingly-popular early decision round of college admissions. The following is only my personal experience and opinion, but nonetheless, I think it might be a source of comfort to many of you early decision applicants out there. Continue reading

Time and Commitment

photoTwo important factors both separate and apart. In this post, I’ll discuss the expectations I had coming into college about free time, commitment, and various activities’ time commitment. In the process, I’ll also clear up some misconceptions about life in college.  Continue reading

Debunking College Myths

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Throughout high school, you hear a lot of things about college life, both good and bad. In my experiences thus far, I’ve found a lot of them to be pretty inaccurate, at least for me. Here are some of the myths about going to college and how I’m debunking them. Continue reading

Extracurriculars

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I WROTE THAT. THOSE ARE MY WORDS.

Oh, the glorious world of clubs, student organizations, intramurals, etc. Last weekend was Clubfest, where several hundred (300) groups send representatives to passive-aggressively encourage freshmen to sign up for their listservs and then bombard said freshmen with emails until we all lament the fact that we so eagerly put our names down for anything remotely interesting. Outing club, really? I’m not an outdoorsy person! Chinese Students Association? Technically I’m Taiwanese, but their flyer advertised boba. Here, I describe the daunting process of choosing extracurriculars.  Continue reading

College Classes

photo 11Though O-week is winding down, there’s still a fair deal of excitement here–classes started yesterday, and if my conversations with other freshmen are any indication, this is what most of us have been eagerly awaiting. It’s the moment of truth: will our worst fears be confirmed or dispelled? Will the professors be stuffy and pretentious? Will I be able to keep up? Read on to hear me shed some light on the (well, my)  academic situation at present. Continue reading

This Time Last Year

This time last year, I had months of stress awaiting me. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, though. While I did spend many months anxious about applying to college, I had a lot of other things on my mind. In fact, the summer of 2013 was more exciting for me than anything. Here are a few words on how things have changed for me in the past year. Continue reading

Undecided

TolkeinIdentifying as an Undecided major comes with a certain stigma. It implicates that just because you haven’t decided what you want to specialize in, you’re aimless, unfocused, or even apathetic. Here’s what I have to say about the matter: Who are you to judge? I don’t know exactly what I want to major in and I’m not convinced that everybody else does. On the other hand, I’m hesitant to brand myself “undecided” because I’m afraid that people won’t take me seriously. For instance, a certain alumni interviewer told me that he preferred speaking with kids who have a clear picture of exactly what they want to do, at which point I figured that he must not think much of me. I have a vague conception of where I want to be after college, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got it all figured out. And isn’t that okay?

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