Have you missed Little V as much as I have?!? We gchat regularly, but it’s just not the same! I miss taking “study breaks” and shopping on M St. I miss eating dinner together. I miss listening to the Country Strong soundtrack on repeat. I especially miss our outfit coordinations!!!
Little V’s Update from Oxford.
Today I will be turning in my assessed essay, I will have officially completed my first term in the UK “Michaelmas” as they call it here in Oxford!
While I miss the Hilltop, College Prepster, and everything else quintessentially American, I have managed to re-create a bit of my Georgetown life here in Oxford.
I am trialing with the Oxford Lightweight Men’s squad, and just got back from training camp in France. In March we race Cambridge on the Henley stretch, and will be umpired by Sir Matthew Pinsent.
I’m here to study Environmental Change & Management- my course is 35 international graduate students from nearly 20 countries, and they are all amazing people. The course takes us on field trips to beautiful places to study different topics. My first field course we went to a natural nature reserve on the beaches in Devon, where we looked at coastal erosion- it just happened to be nearly 80° F- who knew I would ever be swimming on England’s beaches in October? We also spent a weekend in Wales researching marine management, where we went for beautiful cliff walks.
There are 38 different Colleges that make up the University of Oxford- each college has their own library, dining hall, dormitories, sports teams, and so on. My college, Brasenose, is right in the center of Oxford by the Radcliffe Camera, and is over 500 years old! I quite enjoy formal halls at Brasenose; we wear gowns and are served 3 course meals, followed by 2nd desserts in these beautiful dining rooms. At the beginning of each student’s time at Oxford, they are matriculated into the University. Here I am at my matriculation ceremony, wearing full Oxford regalia.
Instead of Gossip Girl, I have Made in Chelsea viewing parties (London’s version of the Hills/Gossil Girl) and Game Nights with some of my best friends. Lastly, while the College Prepster gets to head for New York on long weekends, I’ve had the opportunity to take the train into London. Jack and I went one day for Christmas Shopping and to see the Lion King matinee!