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1 There and Back Again: an Oxford tale by Rory Scher

2 “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley Oxford University: One university, many colleges All Souls Rhodes: Pres. Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar. Christ Church

3 St. Edmund Hall “Teddy Hall” St. Edmund Hall: a College in the strict sense since 1957. History back to the thirteenth century. However, it can claim the oldest academical society for undergraduates. Has a strong rivalry with Queens College and Keble College and is known or labeled to be the most “social” of Oxford’s colleges.

4 Radcliffe Camera Bodleian Library: 50,000+ books LIBRARIES Jane Austen’s original works King George III

5 “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page” ~ St. Augustine College bopsTravie McCoy & Bruno Mars Formal hallDesert YUM! Oxford: More fun than imaginable! Bops University and college level organizations Churches Sports Pubs Form Hall: every Tues. eve – gowns had to be worn How I plugged In: Church and CU Volunteered at a Primary School An Ultimate frisbee group Organized events Archery

6 Other things I did while at Oxford: Day trip to Bath Famous places Punting London 5th of November Focus Group Rosetta Stone at London Museum

7 Adventure Weekend: LAKE DISTRICT

8 Thanksgiving: American students provided the entertainment by creating a short film and reading the history of Thanksgiving Christmas: Teddy Hall feast, Teddy Bear Picnic song, Carols on the Quad, Oxford Christmas Market THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS

9 Teddy Hall Library The Tutorial method: One tutor per course One essay per week per class Optional lectures Year end exams for students The library used to be a church  Me & my tutor, Dr. Styles. At least one member of her family has gone to Oxford and then taught there consecutively for over 100 years A different system yet common goals: USA: more organized, & planned, 4yrs, classroom setting… UK: concentrate early, 3 years, one on one, student is completely responsible for preparing for exams and tutorial…

10 It’s more than… Me and Good Ole St. Ed High Street Botanical Gardens My room Oxford Castle (prison) Moo Moos!

11 Interesting Differences Similar enough language to make living easier but enough differences to make you realize you are not in the USA  “I hear American girls love boys w/accents”  Queue NOT line  Ya’ll = American  Alright? = what’s up  Zed = z  U’s are added to random words : colourization  The quad is for oxford alumni only and NO ONE from Cambridge

12 “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self- determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

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