This weekend, I took (and – knock on wood – probably passed) my first two proper exams as an Oxford student. Oxford exams are more than just tests, though; they’re an experience – and to be prepared, you definitely have to do more than just study. First up, there’s the attire. At some point, Cambridge… Continue reading Invigilate THIS!
It’s a weird paradox of academia that sometimes you are too busy studying something to actually spend any time learning about it. One of the joys of having a six week break from my Development Studies program has been that I’ve had a little time to actually think about development. The result is this bit… Continue reading Zero Sum Development
Reunions with fellow marching-bandies are inevitably the catalyst for endless reminiscing, and Bagdis’ recent provided opportunities aplenty. We were skyping with a friend back at Princeton—who, dare say, I predate—and, as usual, I started subjecting her to tales from my orange-plaid glory days (I think being forced to listen to stories from alumni is something… Continue reading Some aimless reminiscing
In the depths of winter—when it was dark by 3:45 p.m., and had drizzled for three months straight—a few friends assured me that the weather in English spring would be fantastic. I was skeptical, since typically here “fantastic” weather usually means “you can sort of see the sun through the clouds and it’s not raining… Continue reading Grey Britain
Me: So, are you all packed for your trip? Nicola (housemate): No, but I’m not stressing it. I’ve already packed up my passport, credit cards, and tea, so I’ll be fine. Me: Tea? Nicola: Well, I’m a little worried they might not have tea in Sweden. – – – – – Everyone always talks about… Continue reading Drinking Problem
I think I owe England an apology. I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of time essentializing “England” in my mind, as if it’s a place that you can actually get to know in a short time. At some point in the last six months, I managed to convince myself that, having done the drive… Continue reading Places that time forgot
I forced myself to sit through the recently released–contrary to the wishes of the Pentagon–video of a U.S. helicopter gunning down a handful of Iraqi civilians in 2007. It’s pretty gruesome and disturbing (“Ha ha I hit him,” “Look at those dead bastards,” “Well, it’s their fault for bringing kids to a battle [in reference… Continue reading Ordinary Men