notes from 0th week (ht)

I realised last term that my old blog system wasn’t suited to my needs any more. I’ve adapted the morning pages system to suit my needs, so below is an edited set of excerpts from my daily entries from the last week. It’s a very different kind of writing from my Finals posts, as it’s stream of consciousness in many ways, with run-on sentences and a bathetic combination of general thought and everyday minutiae. I’m not writing for any particular audience, just for myself, and editing out the portions that are meant to remain unseen. 

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Oxford Interviews: An Updated Guide

Hi everyone,

As the invitations to MML interviews have been coming out this week, I’ve been receiving lots of questions about them, so I thought I’d make a new blogpost about the experience and what you can do to prepare. There’s some MML-specific advice in here, but the rest is just general. I’m going to add the regular disclaimer that this is all my personal opinion, that every interview is slightly different, that experiences differ between subjects, tutors and colleges, and please not to sue me if what I say doesn’t match up with your experience. Thank you. I have also included some of my friends’ top tips for interviews, so keep reading! Continue reading

Week 1: Envelopes, Emails & Easter

Whoa. Whoa. What is going on? No beauty? No reviews? I know, my friend: it’s disorientating. And for those of you who guessed that the colon use indicates a new series – you are correct.

Wait, but Week 1 of what, exactly? Only the the ten and a half weeks I have remaining of my degree – although it’s nine and a half now, as I’m counting from last week. I wanted to call this series 10.5 Weeks, but there are quite a few similarly-named blogs already. But there are only ten and a half weeks left of my entire degree! I know. Scary. I finish on 2nd June (although I don’t have my graduation ceremony until the end of September, almost as an afterthought) and, as my official week-by-week revision plan began last week, I quite wanted to run a blog series in conjunction.

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Things I Wish People Would Stop Saying About The Year Abroad: Part Two

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was with the overwhelmingly positive response to the first part of this mini-series: it seems a lot of people are tired of being told the same things about their time abroad. With that in mind, I’ve made a nest on my sofa with the Dil Dhadakne Do  soundtrack and a bag of chocolate truffles from Galeria Kaufhof in order to write the next part.

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Should I: Study Modern Languages at Oxford?

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second article in the “Should I?” series. The university admissions season has settled into that quiet period between the arrival of the offer letters and the final exams that determine your grades, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is completely at peace. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of soul-searching among holders of MML places (Modern and Mediaeval Languages) at Oxford, and so I thought I’d give a comprehensive overview of the course structure and the features that set it apart from similar courses at other universities.

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New York, London, Paris and… Madrid?

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well. I’m currently trying to Sort Out My Life for what must be the fifth time this year. I’ve been setting goals, buying books and writing lists: today is the first day of my intended improvements, so let’s hope it lasts!

Just a quick post to say that the Cherwell, one of Oxford University’s most famous publications (since 1920) contacted me recently about writing an article for their fashion section, and obviously I was delighted! I took the opportunity to interview a talented Madrid designer and blogger, Noelia Bennardo, to get a wider range of opinions on Madrid fashion, and she was absolutely lovely and a pleasure to work with.

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Oxford Interviews for Modern Languages

It’s that time of year again and questions are flooding in about preparing for Oxbridge interviews to read Modern and Mediaeval Languages. Below is a slightly edited account of my own interviews for German and Spanish at Magdalen which I had originally posted about a year ago on The Student Room. My experience is of course not representative of anyone else’s or Oxford as a whole, given that every interview is a highly personal process that varies from applicant to applicant, subject to subject, year to year, tutor to tutor, and college to college. That said, I feel Modern Languages is misunderstood as a discipline and under-represented in interview guides, so I thought I would share my experience and advice in case it helps anyone.

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