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Spring Break: Traveling and A Taste of English Family Life

Time March 27th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

Oxford operates on three term schedule, unlike the two term system in the states. There are two terms in the spring, and we have a SIX WEEK break in between them. That’s right, six weeks! Many students decide to go home over the break, but I decided to bring my family to me instead. The day after the term ended at Oxford, my sister, Sydney, who is a freshman at Sewanee, arrived. We spent a few days in Oxford and I showed her around– introducing her to my college, my favorite pubs, and my friends. Read More »

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Socializing and Such

Time March 27th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

Oxford provides you with a more than full social calendar! Much socializing takes place within your college (as there are many colleges within Oxford itself). My college, Mansfield, hosts ‘formal hall’ twice a week, which is a large, seated, three course meal in Mansfield’s glorious dining hall. Dress code is nice with academic gowns. The food is amazing too! We often get a group of friends together to go to formal. Read More »

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Excursion to Stone Henge and Salisbury

Time March 27th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

One of the highlights of my semester was the IFSA sponsored excursion to Stone Henge and Salisbury. Coming from a rural area, it was nice to take a break from the bustle of Oxford into the countryside. Read More »

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Academic Life

Time March 27th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

Many students decide to study abroad in order to have a break from the academic pressure of their home universities– to have a time to relax, travel, and explore. But when one decides to study at Oxford, this is simply not the case. The academic environment at Oxford is challenging and relies on much self discipline. Read More »

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Oxford: Magic Land

Time February 5th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

Everything is so old and magical here. It has been a little difficult adjusting to the tutorial system– it is much different than what I am used to in the states and requires much discipline! The food in college is amazing, especially at formal hall. I also went to Burns night: A Scottish themed formal in honor of Robert Burns.

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Arrival In London

Time February 5th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

Here I am alas in London! What a marvelous place. Here are some pictures from my adventures. IFSA orientation has been lovely.

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Pre-Departure: Excitement and Trepedation

Time February 5th, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, England, First Generation Scholars | No Comments by

“I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me,
and I have followed the source of rivers towards their
source or plunged into forests, always making for other
cities. I have had women, I have fought with men ; and
I could never turn back any more than a record can spin
in reverse. And all that was leading me where ?
To this very moment…” –
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

The trepidation of leaving something so comfortable and familiar for something totally unknown is hard to express in words. My mood is such a perfect combination of fear and excitement. I have found that the best way to prepare for such new adventures is too stay busy and try to become as informed as possible. I will be going to Mansfield College, Oxford University, so I have found myself spending a lot of time on the college website.

How I feel now is quite different from how I felt when I was leaving for college, mainly because I know my destination (Oxford) will be culturally and socially very different from what I am used to. Before, I traveled simply from one town in the rural south to another, and the transition wasn’t that difficult. But here’s to new beginnings.

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