Fifth week high table

Hall in the University of London

Tonight’s dinner in Wadham was unusually good. Apparently, it was a special evening where fellows are meant to bring their partners along. I wasn’t even meant to be there, but the porters said nothing about it when I signed up earlier in the week. As it happened, I got to have an unusually large number of conversations, in all manner of different subjects. I am increasingly convinced that the dinner portion of the Senior Scholarship is more valuable than the £500 portion, if only for the people you get to meet. A surprisingly large number of people at these functions seem to think that I am a fellow, despite the fact that I am eighteen days away from my twenty-third birthday.

Tomorrow is meant to be a dedicated morning and afternoon of seminar and thesis work, before going to Emily’s housewarming party. My hope is that the prospect of the latter will be fuel for the achievement of the first. The prospect of a debate on the WTO next Thursday is, in itself, a good inducement to concentrate on the readings. Formal debate is one of many things I miss from UBC; I miss the competitiveness of it, the chance to sharpen public speaking skills, and the kind of people who congregate in debating societies.

Sorry to just be summarizing life. I would feel better writing some factual discussion of a scientific phenomenon that most readers will not know about, but I am too immersed in other projects to be able to commit to such tasks. If you want substantive matter, have a look at the wiki.

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Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

3 thoughts on “Fifth week high table”

  1. Oooh, thanks to some anon for the link, though credit really to Rachele who alerted me to them on facebook.

  2. I agree that they are quite funny. That said, all such grad student humour seems somewhat self-aggrandizing, even when it is trying to be self-effacing.

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