Tag Archives: CMRS

On the Row: London Part II

As we turn the weekend into our last week of CMRS it’s increasingly clear to me that I’ll barely have this blog caught up through October before I’m back in Minnesota celebrating Christmas. Because I’ve used it (and intended it) mainly as a mechanism of updating those at home as to my activities, I’m not […]

Oxford Happenings

Over the past month, summer has bled into what I would describe as late fall. I say ‘what I would describe as’ because an English man I spoke to last week remarked conversationally that we’d been having a “rather mild winter lately.” When snow is rare, I suppose browning leaves, chilly weather, and occasional rain […]

School and Other Things

The first month of CMRS has seen us occupied with writing a 6,000 word research paper on a topic of our choice. And until the evening of October 9th, that paper has occupied about half of my working time (I’ve also been preparing applications for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, as well as various graduate […]

“Dieu et Mon Droit”: Palace of a King

If I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately, it’s because I’ve been occupied with finishing the first academic experience of the semester. Because Oxford operates on a system of eight week trimesters beginning in October, American study abroad programs must improvise to compensate for the mismatch in credit load. My program — the Centre […]

Settling In and Venturing Out

Since I last wrote, I’ve settled into Oxford fairly well. After the first week of orienting, exploring, and adjusting to the time change, this past week has been comparably quiet. That’s not to say, however, that it has been dull or sedentary. Since last Monday (8 September), I’ve seen the Ashmolean Museum, the Bate Collection of […]

First Days in Oxford

It’s difficult to believe I’ve been in Oxford for four days now. I’m here to study at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS), a program in association with Keble College. The program is housed in St. Michael’s Hall, a cobbled-together building which runs between Shoe Lane and Queens Street in the centre of […]