So long, farewell Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

This shall be my final post. The last two weeks have been so full of fun and activities. Thanksgiving Day, the college cooked a meal for all of the American visiting students and we (the Americans) provided the entertainment. That included musical (piano) entertainment, we read a poem and the history of Thanksgiving, and created a short film hilariously documenting a day in the life of an American student studying abroad in England! It was so much fun!The principle of the college and all the tutors for the American visiting students were in attendance.

The following weekend was the Teddy Hall Christmas dinner where we all, after the meal was over, got to stand on our chairs and sing (basically as loudly as we could) the Teddy Bear Picnic song *(see below). The Oxmas (Oxford Christmas) celebrations are continuous this time of year. It really helps one get into the Christmas spirit! The Christian Union here had Christmas Carols at the Sheldonian theatre, then Teddy Hall had their own where we got to sing on the quad and eat mince pies! (basically one of the ONLY times the students are allowed to step foot onto the grass :)

Final grades were given at the end of 7th week but we had to meet one last time with our tutors and turn in a final essay in 8th week! (this week). Then we have something called collections where the head tutor of our department reads the report that each tutor has written up about the student in a five minute session. Basically telling us how we did, how the tutor thought we could improve etc. and to ask and see how we found our term here. Every student, visiting, international, regular student, all have to meet with a tutor and/or principle at the end of each term and get read their report.

Now all of the students have moved out of college and are either going on the Oxford University ski trip, traveling Europe (like myself), or going home to family! It has been a wonderful time of meeting lots of interesting people, sharing ideas, and learning how to live in a place that is not what im used to.

Thank you all for reading. It has been a blast getting to share my experiences with you all. Happy Christmas!!! xxx

*

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC SONG:

If you go down to the woods today

You’re sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the woods today

You’d better go in disguise.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain, because

Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev’ry teddy bear who’s been good

Is sure of a treat today.

There’s lots of marvelous things to eat

And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees

They’ll hide and seek as long as they please

Cause that’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today

You’d better not go alone.

It’s lovely down in the woods today

But safer to stay at home.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain, because

Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears

The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today

Watch them, catch them unawares

And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about

They love to play and shout;

They never have any care;

At six o’clock their mummies and daddies,

Will take them home to bed,

Because they’re tired little teddy bears.





Background: Jimmy Kennedy (1902-1984) from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, was a world-famous songwriter. He composed such songs as “Red Sails in the Sunset,” inspired by a sunset over Portstewart strand in Co. Antrim, and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.” The music was originally called the “Teddy Bear Two Step”. It was written by American composer J.W. Bratton. Irishman Jimmy Kennedy later added the lyrics that have made this song famous.

“Do something in life you never thought you would.” ~ :)

About rkscher

Hello Everyone! I am a senior at McKendree University studying abroad this fall semester at Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall. My major is Psychology and I have a minor in Spanish. I strongly believe studying abroad at Oxford University will serve to transform my thinking and challenge me to further grow as an individual because of the cultural and academic differences. As St. Augustine so intuitively stated, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
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2 Responses to So long, farewell Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

  1. Malik says:

    Pretty nice blogging. Why aren’t you updating now?

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