Rain, Routine, and Rowing
For some reason, third week has passed by really quickly. I guess getting into a routine here has helped. I’m not so conscious of the long, lonely hours spent working. On the other hand, I’m starting to get really tired. There’s just so much to do all the time! I told my tutor on Thursday morning that I was tired. She said to beware being tired so early in the term because apparently...
Second Standard Article! →
Click on this title to see the second article I have written as a Travel Correspondent for the Rice Standard. It’s all about the Oxford education system, so if you want to understand why I’m studying here, take a look.
Dickens and Dessert
I know, I know: I already posted about reading Dickens this week, but I feel like it’s been such a big part of my life that it must be mentioned yet again. I literally spent my weekend and all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday either reading or writing about Dickens’s novels. And even after all that, I still had a more difficult time in tutorial this week. Jenny set me a prompt about first...
I Could Have Danced All Night
And by that, I mean that I have definitely entered the “honeymoon” period of study abroad. The only thing I don’t like about Oxford at this point is the crowd of tourists that descends every weekend upon the city center. Me in the Hertford Old Building Quad. Proof that I’m actually here. :) For one thing, the academic portion is off to a great start. I’ve now met both of my tutors at...
It’s funny for me to say that I have nostalgia for Dickens considering that before I arrived here at Oxford I had only read excerpts of his early work and Oliver Twist. And yet as I walked home tonight, I couldn’t help remembering my feelings when I read that first Dickens novel. I remember riding home on my bike from watching the Roman Polanski adaptation and feeling like Oliver Twist. It’s...
Want to Hear About My Experience at The Globe? →
Here it is, my article about seeing Much Ado About Nothing at The Globe. It has been published in the Rice Standard, the webzine. I hope you all enjoy! It was a bit startling to see my face up there on the webpage. Also, check out my facebook page for more pictures of all the places I’ve visited. More to come when I update for real this weekend!
Thoughts on Writing My First Oxford Essay
As I sit in the cozy Hertford library this morning, I have to take a break from preparing for my first Oxford essay. I’m having so much fun with it and when I think about it, that’s a very odd statement to make. For one thing, most people don’t take any enjoyment in school assignments, but let’s lay that issue aside. I love school, I always have, and if that makes this...
Discovering Shakespeare's Country
The title of this blog post was the name of the Grayline tour I took on Tuesday. It was amazing. As for filling an entire day with entertaining and enlightening activities, it succeeded. I finally got to see more of the British countryside and it was beautiful. I loved driving through the German countryside earlier this summer, but I loved this country better. No offense, but there are even...
I have now officially been at Oxford for a week and now that I have a start for my first essay, I can finally provide myself time to share my adventures here with the rest of the world. It’s surreal finally being here. I couldn’t even take it in that I was staring at the Thames when I looked out my bedroom window or that when I stare straight out of the main entrance to Hertford College, I’m...
Shakespeare: He wrote a lot of plays and salvaged...
After my crazy weekend in Paris, I had a very sleepy start to Monday. I expected to get up early and visit a few more museums, but I couldn’t quite get my body to cooperate. At first, I woke up at 7:30 because my clock was still on Paris time. I thought I’d go back to sleep for another hour, but I ended up sleeping in until 10 am and not getting up and properly dressed until almost 1 pm. ...
Holy Cow It's Finally Happening
I’m completely overwhelmed right now. I just arrived at my room in Oxford. I’m exhausted from carrying my bag all the way to the Graduate Centre. I’m worried about getting Internet and finding out where things are, especially the laundry. It’s also blazing hot here right now which is crazy. I thought I left the sun and the humidity in Texas, but it turns out I brought it with me. This weekend...