My Year Abroad Is.. HALF OVER?! | Holly Goes Abroad

Yes, you read that title correctly: I'm officially halfway through my year abroad!! *screams internally* How can this be so? Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday that I was walking through Oxford for the first time, lugging my suitcase behind me and wondering how I would ever learn my way around … Continue reading My Year Abroad Is.. HALF OVER?! | Holly Goes Abroad

THE QUARTET by Joseph J. Ellis | Review

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 is a comprehensive, cohesive, carefully crafted analysis of the transition from distinctly powerful states in America under the Articles of Confederation to a nation of united states under the newly ratified Constitution. By focusing on the brilliant men who made this shift possible-- George Washington, John Jay, Alexander … Continue reading THE QUARTET by Joseph J. Ellis | Review

Extracurricular Activities | Holly Goes Abroad

Back in the States, there's one aspect of high school and college that people seem to prize most of all: extracurricular activities. Be it sports, honor societies, clubs, performance groups, or community service, American academic institutions send a very clear message that they expect you to be busy at all times. Is this a uniquely American view, … Continue reading Extracurricular Activities | Holly Goes Abroad

CHILDREN OF THE MIND by Orson Scott Card | Review

Children of the Mind is the fourth and final novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quartet. This series begins with the well-known Ender's Game, which tells the story of a young boy recruited and trained to be part of the International Fleet seeking to destroy the alien "buggers" that are a threat to Earth. The series was originally … Continue reading CHILDREN OF THE MIND by Orson Scott Card | Review

Oxford Union | Holly Goes Abroad

Today I'd like to talk about a wonderful, fascinating, and controversial aspect of Oxford University: the Oxford Union. Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is a hub for debate and speech both by students and guest speakers alike. Each week there are a plethora of events, from celebrity speakers and formal debates to pub quizzes … Continue reading Oxford Union | Holly Goes Abroad

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe | Review

"The narrative drive of Stowe's classic novel is often overlooked in the heat of the controversies surrounding its anti-slavery sentiments. In fact, it is a compelling adventure story with richly drawn characters and has earned a place in both literary and American history. Stowe's puritanical religious beliefs show up in the novel's final, overarching theme—the … Continue reading UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe | Review

A Classic Couple: Frankenstein and Jurassic Park

Do you like science fiction? I hope so, because this week's Classic Couple feature highlights two famous science fiction novels that have made it to the big screen: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (1990). Dangers of science || A major theme of both of these novels is the fact that humankind does not and cannot have … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Frankenstein and Jurassic Park

Winter in England | Holly Goes Abroad

Whenever I tell people that I'm studying abroad in England, the first thing they often lament is the awful weather. It's so rainy! Pack your rain boots! You'll freeze! The sun will never come out! Here I was thinking that the streets of Oxford would constantly be flooding and my sneakers would be soaking wet every morning … Continue reading Winter in England | Holly Goes Abroad

JANUARY 2018 | Wrap-Up

The first month of 2018 is officially complete! Resolutions have been made (and inevitably some have been dropped...), classes have resumed, and the busy bustling of everyday life is back in full swing once again. January through March or April tends to be my least favorite time of year because I don't have any fun … Continue reading JANUARY 2018 | Wrap-Up

WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith | Review

"Zadie Smith's dazzling first novel plays out its bounding, vibrant course in a Jamaican hair salon in North London, an Indian restaurant in Leicester Square, an Irish poolroom turned immigrant café, a liberal public school, a sleek science institute. A winning debut in every respect, White Teeth marks the arrival of a wondrously talented writer … Continue reading WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith | Review