Finalists (and why they scare me)

Finalists have made it. They are the kings and queens of the jungle, expert players in the Oxford game. They are old hands at tutorials; they have faced the dreaded exam season and survived.  Every finalist I have ever met has been disarmingly friendly and perfectly polite. Frankly, I find them terrifying. In my mind […]

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#SupportAFinalist

As we get further into term and dreaded finals (or prelims) edge ever closer, finalists’ gloomy faces become easier and easier to spot around college. With this in mind, here is a super easy guide to cheering up a your finalist friend/college parent with a care package. Coffee. I would explain why this is a […]

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Ode to the slacker

It’s that time of year again. Spring is springing, the birds are singing, and unemployment looms mean on the horizon, like a lecherous sylvan troll with the breath of an undead proctor and an underbelly scarcely covered by its stinking hair shirt. There are few things more appalling than the prospect of job-hunting, especially when […]

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The unhealthy hype around Finals

“You look very sane for a Finalist.” The sound of these words a few weeks ago did not fill me with the reassurance that their speaker probably anticipated. They sparked a chain of fear in my relatively composed Finalist’s brain. Should I look less sane? I’m evidently not working enough yet to have lost the […]

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Oxford’s gender gap one of widest in the country

Almost a third of male undergraduates at Oxford were awarded firsts last year compared to just a quarter of female candidates, according to statistics released by the university. Fifty-two percent of male Chemists gained firsts, compared with just thirty percent of female Chemists.  In English Literature and Language, forty-two percent of men were awarded firsts, […]

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