Dancing in Oxford: An Evening with Ilya Kaminsky

Before coming to Oxford, I assumed that I would be spending my weekends off on exhilarating adventures, tramping across half a dozen countries. I anticipated having a schedule that would provide free time for such activities. But it didn’t happen. This was partly due to the intensity of my academic requirements but also due to…

The Odyssey Landscape

I had the opportunity to take a trip to Bath a couple weekends ago. Caught up in an essay that was due that following Monday, I had told myself that I would not be going on the trip. I needed more time to write. I was getting a cold anyway. I came up with as…

Lessons from the Stacks

I am already halfway through the term and I feel as though I have never learned so much in such a short time frame. There is a saying here when talking to someone about your academics. Rather than asking “what are you studying?” you ask, “what are you reading?” The reason for this is because…

Habits Thus Far

I have been in England for a full seven days and am going through orientation. My experiences thus far have been a blend of incredulous epiphany and simple diversion, brimming with a newness I have struggled to elucidate until now. I realize that I cannot always wait for a spontaneous onset of heavy literary inspiration…

Notes from the Appalachians

Throughout my time being homeschooled, I always sprang into action when my family took an educational field trip out of town. I would minutely research museums and unique places for us to visit, discover where the best parking was located, map out how to travel from our hotel to the restaurant, and back again (when…