Into Trinity 07


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Hilary McNaughton outside the Examination Schools, Oxford

So begins my last term in Oxford: eight more weeks, two papers, eight more dinners in college, and four exams. This term involves no coursework (otherwise it would be curious to be heading to Paris for four days), but it will involve the review of all the coursework completed so far, in preparation for our final examinations. Hopefully, we will have our thesis results back before we need to sit down for those. I am told that all my coursemates who took the gamble of having their theses printed this morning managed to submit them to the Exam Schools on time. After a year and a half of jumping hurdles (and hoops) together, exams are the only major thing left to worry about.

Tonight, Hilary and I are meeting up with Antonia for a while. We may also be going to the 8:45pm show of The Lives of Others at the Phoenix. I know absolutely nothing about it, but have heard enough general praise from friends to be willing to put in the effort to see it.

PS. Impressed by some of the speeches of his I have seen, I am reading Barack Obama‘s new book The Audacity of Hope during and before my trip to Paris. I am especially interested in what he has to say about the US Constitution, given that he taught about it at the University of Chicago and he is a member of the strongest body in the legislative branch. Perhaps reading this book will help me decide which Democratic candidate has the most appeal.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Kushnir April 23, 2007 at 10:26 pm

your photo sums hilary up ever so perfectly.

btw, the weather is fantastic in paris. prepare yourselves for some serious sunshine.

see you soon,


Alex April 23, 2007 at 10:35 pm

I am pretty sure we will only get back our thesis result alongside with our exam results in early July.

Milan April 24, 2007 at 12:28 am


I am glad the weather is going to be nice. Hilary and I have been finding modest use for our Gore-Tex jackets in Oxford so far. Nothing like how it was a few months ago, but enough rain to remind a person of what proper English weather really is.


This is what I have heard, also. Is there any good reason for them not to tell us as soon as the marks are decided?

Ben April 24, 2007 at 10:13 am

Unless your course is, again, very different you won’t get any results until you get all of them.

Anon April 24, 2007 at 10:14 am

Here is another highly accurate comic from PhD.

Milan April 24, 2007 at 11:40 pm


Irksome, but there is nothing that can be done.


At one point, I think I knew who my grandadvisor was. Other than that, I have never known any of those.

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