Oxford Diaries 14: The End

On October 1st of last year, I landed in England and made my way to Oxford to start my year abroad. Nine months, 34 papers, and a few lifelong friendships later, I’m gone again. Tonight is a cool evening in Maine. I’m sitting on an empty porch with a laptop on my sunburned legs, five

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Oxford Dorm Room Tour

Like any American college student, I care about my dorm room. “Dorms” are living accommodations in college: usually small rooms on a long hall of rooms, bathrooms, and showers. There’s a big back-to-school culture in America, and when coming to college, “dorm shopping” is high on the agenda. As someone who takes great care to

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Oxford Diaries 13: Tea for Two

The month of May has finally started to wind down. In case you didn’t hear the first two times I complained about it shared, this month has been pretty hectic for me because not one, not two, but three of my friends came to visit Oxford. First there was Cecilia-of-the-hair-dye, then Ken, my boyfriend of

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Oxford Diaries 12: Fun and Hectic

Several months ago, I made the questionable decision to invite several of my loved ones to come visit me in Oxford… all in the month of May. As I said last week, that means I’m scrambling to write an essay every three days so I’ll have free time to be with them. The essay-writing bit

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Oxford Diaries 11: Oxford in Bloom

I’m back in Oxford again, after a month of spring break (lucky me!). I’ll admit something that I wasn’t willing to acknowledge last time I was in Oxford: I was pretty unhappy in Hilary, the second of my three terms here. Blame it on the weather, or perhaps on the truth in the saying “what

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Oxford Diaries 10: Hilary in Review

My second term at Oxford ended on Friday. I had a report reading in the morning – basically, my program director reading my report card out loud, which happens for all students – and spend the rest of the day relaxing outside with a few friends. The weather in Oxford has finally started to change.

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Oxford Diaries 9: Night in New Orleans (Ish)

I recently read a blog post that advised others to “live a life worth blogging about.” Um… My life has not been very blog-worthy in the last few weeks. I’ve mostly been sitting in libraries, reading books three times older than I am and hammering out essays. That’s okay – I don’t live my life

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Oxford Diaries 8: Looking Up

I had a lot of expectations for my life at Oxford, and in many ways, it’s different than I thought it would be. Above all, I am surprised by how normal it is. I do groceries. I work out to YouTube videos. I go to the dentist. On most days, my life feels like just

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Oxford Diaries 7: My Week in Colours

I love Oxford. Life is rich here – full of depth in experiences and opportunities. Something I also love is how incredibly beautiful it is. So today I thought I’d share some of that beauty with you, in the form of the many colors that make up my day-to-day life. Here’s a taste of my

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