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Still in Disbelief

We only have one more week of term left! I was sitting down the other day to talk with some of my other IFSA friends, and all of us couldn’t believe just how quickly time has flown here. It literally seems like just yesterday that I was lugging my bags through Heathrow on my way to the IFSA orientation in London.

Now that I have a little time to reflect on the experience so far, I can’t help but look back with a smile on my first seven weeks at Oxford. While it take a little bit of getting used to, I had a much easier time getting adjusted to academic and social life here than I initially thought. The British, I’ve discovered, very much like to work hard and play harder. Writing one or two eight-page essays a week here has been an interesting challenge, to say the least.

So to blow off some steam, I have decided to adopt the British attitude towards going out, which often entails a trip to the bar nearly every other night of the week. Who knew that Wednesday would make for such a popular club night? Or that on Saturday, everyone stays in to rest up for a day of work on Sunday? The scheduling is a little strange, but I’ve found that the best way to make friends here is over a pint of Guinness at the college bar (the nearly black color of the stuff belies its surprisingly mellow taste).

I still hang out most of the time with my fellow American visiting students (we all live together and share a common culture, after all), but I’ve found that by becoming more active in extracurriculars at Hertford (joining the rowing team and wine society, for instance) it has become much easier to meet Brits.

Here’s hoping that they don’t all forget me over our 5-week break!

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