Oxford is one of those places in the world whose charm never fades away. The cobbled streets and small laneways welcome you with open arms. It can easily be said as the heart of England with its history, tradition, and English grandeur sitting in a tiny town named Oxford. The town exudes youthful energy crediting to the 25,000 students who study in the universities there. This charming mix of rich history and restless youth has made Oxford a great place to visit. And when I talk about flying, I can never skip talking about United Airlines or UA. I make sure most of my bookings are made via UA Reservations.
I will apply to colleges next year. All the colleges looked promising when I checked out their websites, but as a sensitive person, I wanted to feel the college environment in person. Running my hands along the building walls and sitting in the freshly mowed college garden would be the deciding factor for me. But now you must be thinking will all the colleges with great walls and gardens accept me? I don't know, but I know that I have been a good student with impeccable grades, so I can just apply to my dream colleges hoping someone would like the idea of my future being built there.
I asked my parents if I can do a college tour in Oxford in the coming weekend. They agreed since they were curious about the town as well. I had written a lot of things in my itinerary, such as visit the illustrious colleges of the country, book a tour of libraries, check out traditional pubs but not consume alcohol, of course, and lastly go for a wild swim in the river Thames. Fun fact about Oxford- the town gave the world penicillin and now the COVID-19 vaccine.
As soon as I landed, I made my way to Exeter College. I wanted to visit this college first since it was comparatively smaller than other colleges such as Christ Church and Magdalen. I thought I would be able to cover all the highlights in a short amount of time. The college is located on Turl Street. One of the most famous alma mater of the college is Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R Tolkien.
Next on my itinerary was to take a guided tour of Bodlegian Library. It is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and is home to over 13 million printed books and articles. The time included Bodlegian and Duke Humprey's Library, Divinity Room (which is the oldest teaching room), The Chancellor's Court (where students who are found guilty and punished), and The Convocation House (which interestingly in the 17th Century acted as parliament). Fun fact about Duke Humprey's Library-It is the library used in Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts Library.
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