Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome Everyone -- The Adventure Begins!

Hello Oxfordians! I'm very pleased to see that Julie has set everything up so nicely & that we are ready to inaugurate the virtual side of Honors Oxford Study Abroad Program.

I thought that I might kick off the first round of posts. It seems to me that the ideal first topic would be -- Your Expectations Concerning Oxford. What do you think it's going to be like? What are you looking forward to? What are you curious about? What do you think it will be like living in the middle of a university that predates the Columbus's arrival in North America?

Me, I'm mostly thinking about the impending Royal Wedding at the moment. Completely distracted by all the spectacle and glitz. But I had dim sum on Sunday with a couple Oxford professors who were in town for the Shakespeare Association of America annual conference, and their perfect table manners and occasional jokes in medieval Latin reminded me just how much I enjoyed my time at Magdalen College. I'm thrilled to have this chance to return & share the magic of the place with y'all.


  1. I have always wanted to know why the Brits are so obsessed with hats!? Especially hats with flowers and feathers!

  2. I love the British phrases that we don't really use in the states! One of the reasons why I like British movies.

    I also just found out that 'torch' means 'flashlight'. This could sound really funny in some situations!

  3. I'm also looking forward to all the different words and spellings and phrases, for some reason they are all so funny to me. But I think I'll have a difficult time getting used to all the ugly teeth because it seems like absolutely everyone I grew up with had braces at one time and now has perfectly sparkling and symmetric teeth.

  4. It seems like many of us are interested in the word/word play of the British compared to what we are used to (I do as well). What fascinates me is the difference in slang terminology and even the distinct contrasts of accents through out London and the UK. I'm really exited to see how real life English people (United Kingdomians?) speak, opposed to how they are portrayed on TV.