So, I failed miserably at my aim to blog every week. I have neglected my little blog but I have always had the best intentions for it. Although I probably have the best blog material at the minute, I’m too busy actually enjoying living it to write about it! But I’m going to get better. Really.
Since the last time I posted, I’ve swapped Mississippi for New York City. Safe to say, it’s quite a change! I really love it here. I first came to NYC over Christmas back in 2008. Things were a whole lot different then; it was snowing, I was with my family, and I was here for four days. Now I’m working here as an Editorial Intern at Laptop Magazine for the summer. It’s such an incredible experience. I’m actually writing things and I’m learning so much. The people I work with are lovely and I’m really enjoying my time here. I’m very aware of the fact that I have a once in a lifetime opportunity here and I’m trying to make the most of it. I don’t want to leave!
I had family here all last week. It was so amazing to see them and show them around. By playing tour guide, I got to see Oxford in a new light. It really is beautiful here and so peaceful. We spent a lot of time just sat on the porch, watching the world go by. Bliss.
I’ve been planning this year abroad forever. I was looking into universities with American Studies programmes five years ago and now all that research and planning has almost come and gone. Of course, it has not been how I expected it to be. When I was planning it, I imagined myself to be a lot richer than I actually am. I envisioned jetting around a lot more than I realistically could. But, travel wise, I’ve not done too badly. Plus there is a two-week gap before starting my internship when I’ll hopefully potter around and see some sites then.
Originally, I didn’t really care about the classes, I just wanted a year-long holiday. Weirdly enough, I actually love the academic aspect. We have been given huge freedoms to do whatever classes we want, and I love that. I’ve been allowed to take Journalism, English, Fiction Writing, and History classes. I’ve studied what I’ve been interested in. America has such a range of topics to learn about here and the choices seems so crap back home after this.
With only twenty days left in Oxford, I’m going to make the most of it. Lots of time sat in the square, working on my essays and such. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.
Vaguely interesting/notable things about Ole Miss
1. It held the first Presidential debate of the 2008 election between Obama and McCain.
2. Shit kind of hit the fan here when the first African-American student, James Meredith, attempted to enrol.
3. Bob Dylan then wrote a song about James Meredith called ‘Oxford Town.’ He opened with this song during his concert at the Ole Miss theatre.
4. ‘The Blind Side’ with Sandra Bullock is all about Ole Miss and the former Ole Miss Rebels football player; Michael Oher.
5. Football = life and death here. We have the best tailgating anywhere in the country. Period.
6. Everyone here is artsy fartsy. Plenty of famous writers went here and still live/teach here, with the best known ones being William Faulkner and John Grisham.
7. Ole miss is ranked as the 5th best party school in the country by the Princeton Review; last year it had been number 2.
8. It’s known as the ‘Harvard of the South’ because it’s old and full of rich people.
9. It holds the world’s largest blues archive.
10. It’s ranked as one of the top 10 ‘Coolest College Towns’ in America according to the Travel and Leisure magazine.