Tuesday, December 02, 2003

15 envelopes. That's how many envelopes it took to apply to Oxford. I'll be posting three envelopes. One envelopes will go to the Graduate Admissions Office. One will go to Nuffield, my first choice college. One will go to my parents. This envelope contains three further envelopes, addressed to my three referees. Each of these envelopes contains three further envelopes; one to send to Nuffield, one to send to the Graduate Admissions Office and one envelope to be sealed and put inside the Graduate Admissions Office envelope. This then is the Russian Doll approach to university applications.

Monday, December 01, 2003

I'm trying to finalise my application for an M.Phil in European Politics and Society at Oxford. Applying to Oxford for a graduate degree isn't that difficult. What is difficult is doing so from Japan. And what looks as thought it might be a nightmare is applying for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council. According to the good people at the University of Exeter, the ESRC Studentship form is a "logistical nightmare". Good-o.

Sunday, November 30, 2003

So, this would be my first post then. I've got to say, I don't have any particularly fitting or auspicious words. Then again, brevity is sometimes healthy.