SEPTEMBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

September was a blur. I nearly had to do a double take when I looked at a calendar the other day and realized that it was nearly October. Between preparing for Oxford, moving to Oxford, and living at Oxford, it feels as though this entire month has been one transition right after another. It’s a relief to finally be settled in and feel more comfortable in this amazing place. Here’s what I was up to in September:


In September I read a total of 5 books:

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  2. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  3. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  4. Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
  5. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

As I Lay Dying is my favorite book that I read in September. This was my second time reading it and even though I first read it last summer I was still taken aback by the striking ending. What a brilliantly crafted novel!


It’s official: I’M AT OXFORD. September was a whirlwind of transitions: not only to a new country and culture, but also to new friends, assignments, and routines. Though living in England has certainly taken some getting used to, I’m happily settled in now and can’t wait for my tutorials to finally begin. I’ve experienced so many new things in the past few weeks that I hardly have time to discuss them all.

A major goal that I’ve recently crossed off of my bucket list is going to LONDON. What a city! It felt like a blend of Boston and New York City, with some areas being more open and calm and other being more crowded and bustling. I was lucky enough to be able to many sites in one day: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tate Modern art gallery, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Though I had a blast visiting, I think it’s safe to say that I definitely prefer living in Oxford!

St. Paul’s Cathedral… almost too big to fit in one photo!

It’s absolutely incredible being able to live and study in a city that is as rich in history as Oxford. It still feels surreal when I walk into the Radcliffe Camera to casually study while everyone takes photos of it from behind the gate. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that extraordinary feeling!

I’ve been really fortunate to have made some great friends here already and I can’t wait for all the other students to get here so I can meet even more people. It’s strange to think that the term hasn’t even officially started even though I’ve already done so much!


Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to blog since moving to Oxford. Though I’ve scheduled plenty of posts in advance for the next few months, less free time means less time to spend reading other posts, commenting on other blogs, and being active in the blogging community in general. Hopefully I’ll be able to work it into my schedule once I settle into a more regular routine.

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there are so many!!):

How was your month of September? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!



26 responses to “SEPTEMBER 2017 | Wrap-Up”

  1. So glad you’re enjoying Oxford and London. Very jealous that you get to do your studying in Radcliffe Camera- it was my lockscreen for ages!

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    1. Thank you! The Rad Cam is amazing!! ❤ It'll definitely be my new lock screen too 🙂

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  2. Living in Oxford would be awesome. Your photos are beautiful. Have a great October!

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    1. Thanks so much! ❤ ❤


  3. emmareadstoomuch Avatar

    OXFORD! AMAZING! great post live it up!!

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 ❤

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  4. Oh thank you so much for sharing my post, Holly ❤ I'm so happy you are having a blast so far in England, and YAY for going to London! It's one of my favorite cities – cross that, it IS my favorite city in the world, it's stunning, right? I get it about not being able to fit Saint Paul in one picture. It's gigantic ahah.
    Hope you'll have an amazing OCtober xx

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    1. London is stunning!! I’m definitely going to need to go back a few more times while I’m abroad to get the full effect. ❤ Thanks Marie, I hope you have a lovely October as well!

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  5. I live in London and it’s great but I think I would like Oxford even more! So glad you’re enjoying your time there. And I got through Woman in White a few days ago and it was good! Good fun, really enjoyed it.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Woman in White! It’s a great one for getting into the spooky season 🙂


  6. daniellethamasa Avatar

    Your September sounds like it was amazing. I am so jealous about you getting to go to the Globe Theatre…well, and being in England in general. It is on my bucket list.

    Have a great October!

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    1. I hope you get to check it off your bucket list!! It’s incredible to see ❤ I hope you have a great October as well!

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      1. Hopefully someday. I think the next trip across the pond will take me to Ireland and Scotland.

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  7. Glad your having such a great time in Oxford, I hope you enjoy your classes when they start.

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  8. I find it always take a bit until you are used to a new place, but if you are vibing with the place and if it’s the right fit, you will get over these difficulties. I am glad to hear you’ve settled in 😀

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    1. Thanks so much!! I definitely agree with you– once things click into place, you’re good to go! 🙂

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  9. Your photos are beautiful! I hope you’re enjoying your time there! September didn’t all go by quickly, but this last week just didn’t register. I thought there was still another week left before October. XD

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 haha I definitely feel that– October snuck up on me so badly!


  10. I’ve been wanting to read Brave New World! How was it?

    Loving the photos! 😀

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    1. Brave New World is SO good!! It was so much funnier than I expected, especially for a dark dystopian novel. I highly recommend it! 🙂

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      1. Awesome!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!


  11. I’m glad you’re settled in! And that you were able to visit London. I can’t wait to go some day. Are the friends you’ve made mostly other international students? It’s nice that you were able to meet people so quickly. 😊 I wouldn’t worry too much about fitting in blogging. Take advantage of your incredible year abroad!

    I had a really great September. Here’s my recap. 😊

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    1. I’ve mostly gotten close to other international students in my program because we all live in the same residence hall. However, I have met some British students that are really lovely!
      I’m glad you had a great September! ❤

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