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Why I love the University of Oxford

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
February 28, 2013
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The University of Oxford. Photo: Oxford Brookes

Oxford is an incredible place to study. Sometimes it still seems like a dream that it actually happened to me. I wanted to do this for such a long time, and I worked so hard to get there, that I can hardly believe my dream in fact came true. I loved every bit of my time there, my master‘s course was everything I expected and more, and I didn’t want to finish just yet. I wanted to let it last a little longer, experience living in Oxford a little longer, and be with my friends. It feels like I have overcome an amazing challenge, got everything out of the experience that was possible, and the sense of accomplishment at the end is truly worth it.

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How to Understand the English

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
February 28, 2013
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Watching the English

So you are moving to England. Or you’re thinking about moving to England. Then it’ll surely be a big change, moving from one country to another. And with that change will come the need to adapt to a new culture. A new culture brings new customs, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour. And the English surely are a peculiar lot (not meant in a negative way). You’ll soon start noting their love of queueing, politeness, and talking about the weather. Kate Fox’ book “Watching the English” therefore is not only a useful, but also a funny guide to understanding the English and adapting to their culture.

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Oxford Microfinance Initiative

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
February 25, 2013
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Are you interested in economics or microfinance? Or willing to learn? Do you want to spend your spare time doing something good and useful? Then maybe it’s time you take a look at the Oxford Microfinance Initiative (OMI), a student-run consultancy that provides free services to microfinance organisations.

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Harlem Shake & Oxford

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
February 22, 2013
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St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Harlem Shake

To be honest, I don’t really get this new meme, but its impossible to deny that the so-called “Harlem Shake” has gone viral in February 2013. But what is it? Well, it’s basically a short video of about 30 seconds which starts off with a masked individual dancing to the song Harlem Shake by Baauer, right in the middle of a group of people that doesn’t seem to notice him. Then, after 15 seconds, the entire crowd is dancing, usually wearing ridiculous clothes or costumes or as few clothes as possible. Why has this phenomenon become so popular?

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It’s Time for Tennis!

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
February 19, 2013
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Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club (OULTC)

I’m a big tennis fan. I love playing tennis, I love watching it, and I thoroughly enjoy attending tournaments and cheering on my favourite player(s). I have been playing tennis for a long time now actually, but I never competed. I wanted to continue playing in Oxford. Knowing that I would probably have the craziest and busiest year of my life there, I was looking for a club to join where I could come whenever I wanted to, without any obligations. I found everything I was looking for at the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club (OULTC).

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The Oxford International Student Welcome

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
February 18, 2013
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Stonehenge

Studying abroad is an amazing experience. Nevertheless, you might feel a little lonely or overwhelmed in the beginning. Who wouldn’t like a warm welcome and having people around who you can talk to or who can help you with any questions you might have? The Oxford International Student Welcome (ISW)–organised by the Oxford Pastorate but open to anyone, from any nationality and any (or no) religion–tries to make international students feel at home.

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Theatre in Oxford

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
January 31, 2013
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Shakespeare’s the Taming of the Shrew performed in Oxford’s Castle Courtyard

It might not be one of the things that comes to your mind when you think about Oxford. But theatre does play a big role in this academic city and you’ll find many places where you can attend plays and musicals, by students or by professionals, from comedies to dramas. No, when it comes to theatre, you don’t always have to go to London to find it.

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Overheard in Oxford

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
January 31, 2013
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Folly Bridge, Oxford

 

People in Oxford say there’s no place like Oxford. And there isn’t. It’s not just the feeling of being in a truly historic city that you get when you walk around town and admire the beautiful architecture. Or the fact that you know and can see what an important role the university has played over the years. There’s something more—something you can’t really express in words. Oxford is different. There are things that can only have been said or done in Oxford. Why? Because it’s Oxford, and there’s in fact a bit of truth in the prejudice that Oxford is a fancy place with posh students. There are definitely some students that fit that category. And their (for us) witty remarks often end up in the Facebook group “Overheard in Oxford”… Take a look.

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Questions about Oxford? Ask away!

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
January 22, 2013
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University of Oxford

Over the past few months I have written 37 blogposts about (studying at) Oxford–with topics ranging from skiing, learning languages, rowing, choosing your college, funding, libraries, and Gangnam Style. But I want to do something different for one of the next blogs. I want to answer your questions. What do you want to know about the University of Oxford, about studying in the UK, about life in Oxford? Or maybe there was something in one of my previous blogs which wasn’t clear, maybe it raised new questions. Whatever it is that’s on your mind, ask away! I’d like to hear whatever it is you want to know and I will try to answer any of your questions the best I can in one of my next posts.

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Time to hit the slopes–the Varsity Ski Trip

Anouk MoserAnouk Moser
January 21, 2013
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Photo: autocarhire.com

Oxford was covered with a beautiful layer of snow in the past week. All this excitement about the winter weather got me thinking about a big student event that takes place every year, usually in the snow covered mountains. Yes, not in Britain but in France, to be precise. The Varsity Trip is the oldest student snowsports event ever (according to Wikipedia, even two years older than the Winter Olympic Games!), dating back to 1922.

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