Monday, February 11, 2008

to oxford

I'm not smiling very much in this first picture, but it's a truly happy thing because the reason I'm struggling to smile is because it was so beautifully sunny outside. We've had a week of FANTASTIC weather. Saturday I didn't wear a coat once all day, day or night. It's lovely. The daffodils are peeking out in the park too. Anyways, on wednesday we visited oxford. Oxford is an amazing town. It functions very differently than a normal university. I added this little bit from oxford's website to show you how it works... The thirty-nine Colleges, though independent and self-governing, form a core element of the University, to which they are related in a federal system, not unlike the United States. In time, each college is granted a charter approved by the Privy Council, under which it is governed by a Head of House and a Governing Body comprising of a number of Fellows, most of whom also hold University posts. There are also seven Permanent Private Halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations, and which still retain their religious character. Thirty colleges and all seven halls admit students for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Seven other colleges are for graduates only; one, All Souls, has Fellows only, and one, Kellogg College, supports the lifelong learning work of the University for adult, part-time, and professional development students.

It was so interesting to go around and explore the colleges. And also see the great hall, from the Harry Potter movies! It's spectacular.

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