I finally entered into the non-teenage years of life! The age '20' sounds so much better than expected.
|Steph looking over the athletic fields at BMC|
Philly and Bryn Mawr get hit with the blizzard of the decade (possibly longer) and we get two days of school called off.. the first time in 200 years, as I was told. I believe this was also the month that I was told that St. Anne's College of Oxford would like me to send them materials in order to evaluate me for entrance as a visiting scholar, year 2010-2011. Being on the 'other' end (the knowing of the secret) of Hell Week at Bryn Mawr was also a blast!
|Hell Week with my first-years!|
|Love you ladies!|
I don't remember too much happening in March, other than our 2k race season starting up and coxing a fantastic 4+ boat.
|Knecht Cup, I think|
Dad turned 61! I believe this was also the month that I learned I needed to have hip surgery and scheduled it for June. Yipes. Also the fullest month of racing!
|Steph, Isabel & I also thought it'd be brilliant to cut class and|
journey down to Rehoboth Beach.. best decision ever.
|May Day with Steph & Court|
Final month of sophomore year at Bryn Mawr. What a year it had been! Loved my customs group and did well, academically. I also knew that I was going to study at Oxford for the next year, so I was incredibly excited!
|Such an annoying contraption.. 5 hours a day worth!|
Cue the 5 month break between Bryn Mawr and Oxford. On June 3rd, I had arthroscopic hip surgery to fix what the doctor could only guess was an impingement and severe tendonitis, though it was more of an exploratory procedure. I was off crutches after about 4 days, though I had to use this ridiculous machine to move my hip joint so it wouldn't freeze up. Sleeping wasn't so ideal, but I think that the surgery, overall, did work a bit. However, I still have a lot of scar tissue that I can feel tightening up; need to work on that.
|RU with one of my favorite campers!|
|Ready for Oxford!|
The packing for Oxford begins, as well as some journeys to visit friends before the big leave. Also, I get a tattoo!
|"Dare to be wise" - Horace|
First month of the greatest experience ever: St. Anne's College, Oxford. Oxford is an absolutely fantastic city. I've never been at a college where there was a legitimate 'college town' nearby, as Bryn Mawr is more of an affluent suburb for people working in Philadelphia. It was nice being surrounded by so many students and having access to a fun town center. I also joined the rowing club, which is a story within itself, full of epic memories (as I'm sure you've all seen through my pictures!).
|Rowing pirate curry|
|Karina & I in front of Buckingham Palace|
Start of the worst sickness, ever. I've been seriously sick less than five times in my life and never at college, but man, the UK did a number on my immune system. I was diagnosed with about five different things, but eventually I think it came down to a form of mono and overall inflammation of my whole soft palate & tonsils. The tonsilitis stayed way into December, although the pain finally went away just at the end of November. I can't say I'd like to experience that sickness again. Here's to hoping for a 'well' 2011! During November, our rowing squad also made quite the show at both the Nephthys regatta and at Christ Church; well done! My best friends also visited me this month: (twin) Karina from Norway & Steph from Greece!
|Homemade Christmas dinner with good friends|
|Christ Church success!|
|Steph visits from Greece!|
|Cottage on Parks road|
The month of traveling... SUCH an experience! On December 5, I left with Sara, another visiting student, and we traveled to Athens, Greece, then to Rome and Barcelona. We split in Barcelona, with her attempting to get back to London (the snow impeded that quite a bit and she ended up arriving later than me) and me heading off to my favorite city, Paris. I spent a short bit in Paris, then luckily got back to London. I never knew I could meet so many fantastic people on my travels, but that surely happened! Here's hoping they keep in contact.
|Trinity College Lawns|
I spent some time with good friends, including a fun Christmas stint with an Australian family (among a South African family!) with me acting as the token American. They made the holiday quite fantastic. I also met up with a few friends in London to do some post-Christmas shopping, which is just as big of a craze here as it is in the states. I totally forgot about this little number and decided, during one of my bored Oxford days (where I'm pretty much the only inhabitant on campus), to walk into town on the 27th... only to be greeted by GIANT crowds and too much sale shopping. Yipes! You've seen most of the traveling pictures, so here are some recent ones of Oxford...
Here's to you, 2010 --