Exeter College Oxford as seen in Marvel’s Dr Strange

Exeter College Oxford as seen in Marvel’s Dr Strange

When I was back in Oxford, around January time, there were rumours flying everywhere that the Benedict Cumberbatch was to grace his presence at Exeter College filming for a new movie. Whilst it turned out that the whispers of Cumberbatch’s appearance were false, Exeter College chapel did turn out to be a filming location for a movie that he was in: Marvel’s Dr Strange. I went to see the new Dr Strange movie last night, and it was so cool seeing Exeter College chapel in the middle of the film with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The movie reminds me a lot like Inception with its kaleidoscopic scenes and manipulated cityscapes, and the same happens to the interior of Exeter College chapel. Here are a few of my favourite photos that I’ve taken in the chapel, alongside with the screenshots from the Dr Strange film – I would definitely recommend seeing it. Yay for Oxford University being used in Hollywood blockbuster films!

Mads Mikkelsen in Dr Strange filmed in Exeter College Chapel University of Oxford, photo taken from Jay Maidment cdn.collider.com

Dr Strange Exeter College Chapel Oxford University_image from Comicbook.com

Exeter College Chapel University of Oxford Dr Strange Marvel Film

Exeter College Oxford University Dr Strange Film

Exeter College Oxford University Dr Strange Film

Exeter College Oxford University Dr Strange Film

Exeter College Chapel University of Oxford Dr Strange Marvel Film

Graduating with a Master’s from the University of Oxford

Graduating with a Master’s from the University of Oxford

Who would have thought it this time two years ago, after graduating from the University of York, I would be graduating with a Master’s degree from Oxford? I certainly didn’t. Oxford has always had this mysterious and enigmatic presence in my life. When I was smaller, I remember thinking how amazing it would be to attend and study here, but never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would have gone there. And now I have finished!

This year has probably been one of the quickest in my life to date. My course was only 9 months long. The shortness of my degree meant that a lot was crammed into a little amount of time. This included the huge task of learning languages such as Latin and Medieval French at the same time. Whilst at times many lamented how hard, demanding, and tiring the course was – I found it incredibly interesting, and never once did I think that maybe I should have been doing something else. I loved it.

However, this year was particularly difficult for me towards the end. Less than a month before my dissertation was due, my Grandfather unexpectedly passed away. It was, and still is, one of the toughest things that I have had to experience. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of my Grandpa, and I miss him dearly. I found it very difficult to continue on when he passed, and so, in theory, I should be exceptionally happy to have graduated under the circumstances. I hope that he was looking down on us last week, and shared in the precious occasion with all the family.

Now I am back at the family home, and eagerly applying for jobs left, right, and centre. Job-hunting is l-o-n-g, and I hadn’t realised how much time goes into each application. However, my perseverance will not be diminished!

I’m also feeling very creative at the moment. Whilst studying I didn’t have the to do as much painting or photography as I would normally like to. So, whilst there is a gap in my life, this is the perfect opportunity to get painting! Keep checking out on my instragram to see what I get up to.

Here are just a few of the photos taken on my graduation, enjoy.

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Oxmas: Merry Christmas from Oxford

Oxmas: Merry Christmas from Oxford

What a crazy couple of months it has been for me! I officially finished my first term here at Oxford, and have been enjoying the Christmas holidays so far (except for when I’m attempting to write an essay!) I have been having an amazing time at Oxford, and am so appreciative for this incredible opportunity to study in such an awe-inpsiring place with so many interesting people.

What does make me sad is the fact that have neglected my blog for such a long time. Despite wanting to update my blog on a weekly basis, I have just struggled to find the time last term. However, I’ll make it my 2016 New Year’s resolution to keep up the blogging! There has been some really interesting things that have happened over the last term here at Oxford, and I hope to blog about them soon.

Wishing all my readers and everyone out there a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Roisin x

Christmas at Christ Church College, University of Oxford

Christmas at Christ Church College, University of Oxford

Christmas tree at Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Christmas tree at Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Christmas tree at Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

 

A Traditional beginning at Oxford University – Matriculation

A Traditional beginning at Oxford University – Matriculation

Matriculation, Oxford University 2015

Last month I experienced one of the many traditions here at Oxford University – Matriculation. Having never heard or done anything like this before, the whole Matriculation phenomenon mystified me.

Matriculation is the formal process of when new students become ‘life members’ of the university. It is compulsory for new students at Oxford to matriculate, otherwise you cannot sit exams nor finish your degree!

For this event, we were required to wear what is known as ‘sub-fusc’ – a dress code that is both important for Matriculation, but also for future exam taking.

So there we were early one Saturday morning, catching up with one another in the Jesus College MCR where we were given some breakfast delights (including some cheeky prosecco). After the formal fresher photos and of course a generous amount of selfies, the beginning part of the Matriculation began. Two by two, we all lined up in the college squads, and then walked through the streets of Oxford toward the Sheldonian Theatre. This whole process was incredibly surreal – walking through the streets of the city, where people on the roads paused to see what was happening and taking photos of us. I almost felt as if were about to board Noah’s ark…

Once it was our turn to become members of the university, our college and another were sent inside the theatre. Whilst this was an unusual experience, not by the fact that everyone look pretty much like identical penguins, there was something very communal about the whole event – as if we were becoming part of a real Oxford community, which we now shared with those sitting around us.

The ceremony itself was on a whole different level of perplexing me. We were spoken to in very brief Latin (and I actually managed to get two words, albeit two very simple words…), and then we were ‘matriculated’, I guess… although you wouldn’t have known. The ceremony was extremely quick, there was a speech, and that was it. No shaking of hands. No signing your soul away. Nothing. I left the Sheldonian Theatre feeling utterly confused about the whole experience, and with a sense of anti-climax. Was that it? This special event that I had been anticipating, over within a flash, wish no formal acknowledgement of becoming a ‘member’? Hey, I guess so!

Despite the whole thing being somewhat disillusionment, it was an interesting day and something that I will never forget. As said, there was something very communal about the entire process – where together with my fellow students, both in Jesus and throughout the university; we became members of this prestigious institution.

Matriculation, Oxford, Jesus College 2015

Matriculation, Oxford University, 2015

Matriculation, Oxford University 2015

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

After much anticipation and excitement, I can now call Jesus College my new home for this year. When I first came to visit Oxford University, I fell in love with Jesus College. Made up of three quads, a chapel and a beautiful dining hall, what is there not to love about Jesus! Jesus College is incredibly peaceful, and as you sit in one of the quads enjoying the fine weather we’ve had for the past two weeks (not any more sadly…), you cannot help but feel as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are some wonderful photos that myself and my dad took around the college.

To quickly summarise a bit about Jesus College for those interested:

Queen Elizabeth 1st founded Jesus College on 27th June 1571, making it the first Protestant college founded at Oxford University. Jesus College is a relatively small college when compared to some of the other bigger ones at Oxford with 340 undergraduates, 190 graduates, 68 Fellows and 20 College lecturers. Jesus College also has many notable alumni including T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia; any many politicians such as the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, Oxford University

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Jesus College Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Oxford Post-Graduate Trip

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After what feels like a decade away from academia, my mother and I ventured to the quaint city that is Oxford to have a noisy around the University and Colleges. As many may have read throughout my blogging, I am hoping to continue further study after my year in Paris and want to complete a Masters focusing on Medieval History of Art. As I will be away for the next year, I thought it was probably wise to get started in looking at potential universities so that I get a ‘proper’ feel for the place before applying.

I have only been to Oxford once, and that was when I was only a small child so my memories of the city are quite limited! The city is beautiful. It shares many similarities with York, which I love. One of the main advantages of the university is that it is spread out throughout the entire city. Oxford truly is the University’s city. I am not saying at all that I did not enjoy the centralised nature of York. In fact I found it great – everything is close together so there’s no worry about being late for Seminars/meetings! So this dispersed nature was very new to me!

Our trip to the university included meeting with members of staff in the History of Art and History departments. One thing that I definitely recommend for prospective students, whether that be Post-Graduate or Undergraduate, is to see the place that may become your future home from home and to meet the staff and explore the department. Both members of staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

As well as meeting departmental staff, I had also arranged to explore a few of the colleges including Jesus, Christ, Trinity and Kellogg. Each are very different, and have all their own unique traits. Similar to York I guess is that there are separate colleges for Graduates only (Such as Kellogg), whereas others are intermixed with both undergraduate and graduates. The good thing about coming from York is that having a similar collegiate system, I wasn’t too confused or thrown off! I think having a look at the potential places that you may live in are imperative to any university visit. Despite the fact that you’re going to an institution to study and learn, the living environment and social side of your time at any university should also weigh in on the decision of where you would like to attend. By visiting potential colleges or halls of residences, this enables you to really in visage whether you could mentally picture yourself fitting in a particular place. If you are turned off by a place, for many reasons (not are all negative, sometimes you just don’t think you would personally suit a particular hall or college) then you know where not to apply etc. Overall, it makes your life a lot easier!

I had a wonderful day roaming around Oxford and getting to know the ins and outs of the university and their teaching. Even if you aren’t thinking about Academia at Oxford, it is definitely worth a visit – there are so many cute tea rooms. Check out some of the photos that I took on my trip there!

 

Jesus College, Oxford
Jesus College, Oxford

 

Lincoln College, Oxford
Lincoln College, Oxford

 

Christ College, Oxford
Christ College, Oxford

 

Christ College, Oxford
Christ College, Oxford – Proud of their rowing success!

 

The Great Hall, Christ College, Oxford
The Great Hall, Christ College, Oxford – Didn’t see Harry Potter any where mind…

 

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