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February 24, 2009

Fifth Week Blues:  William the Conqueror and Cappuccino

This weekend marks the end of the fifth week of the Oxford term and I have suffered from a typical case of "the fifth week blues." This widely recognized condition is characterized by fatigue of intellectual exercise, drooping eyelids and general weariness of the library (yes, it is possible to be sore from reading). To fight this ailment, two things…

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February 21, 2009

A Tempestuous Week

'Twas week 5 in the term and all through the town Students were studying as can always be found. Mid term brings about it a hump and a woe, Many do find it its own kind of low. And I just beginning my second'ry tutorial, Thought the weeks of one paper deserved a memorial; For, though without experience, I take…

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February 13, 2009

Halfway

Hard to believe, but yesterday marked the halfway point of the Oxford tutorials. I have definitely had to adapt some of my previous research skills. The key thing I've learned is not to get bogged down in sources that aren't perfectly relevant. There are over 7 million books in this town! That means that there is always a better book,…

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February 10, 2009

Three Things to Pack…

I have some pack-rat tendencies, and sometimes these questionably helpful habits show themselves in my suitcases; "This just might come in handy," I'll say as I throw in the papier mâché dog I made in fourth grade. But actually, I packed pretty well for this trip. Considering that I walk about a mile to go anywhere, I have been especially…

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February 08, 2009

One Month In, and Names

Greetings from Oxford! I've been in Oxford for a whole month now with Summit Oxford, and despite the difficulty, I am grateful for the intensity of this programme. I've been told that extended interest and inquisitiveness are essential to diligent study. In order to know something, one must be alert and engaged to pick up and comprehend the subtleties. There…

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February 05, 2009

Intellectually Rigorous

Being in the middle of the 3rd week of the term, I can say that I was both right and wrong about the academic challenges of Oxford. Before I arrived, I was excited about the chance to do something difficult--something that would cause me to grow. I expected the work to be difficult and I expected to not have much…

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