(upbeat music) – From the moment you get to Oxford, you sort of feel that
this is a special place, a unique place, because the whole vibe of students coming from libraries, going straight to night clubs, and going back to the library afterwards, and just sort of, I mean,
surrounding the surreal atmosphere that’s in the city is kind of like, draws you in from the
first minute, really. (smooth music) Hi, my name is Paul. I’m a final year student here at Oxford studying philosophy,
politics, and economics, and I’m originally from Germany. Because Oxford has this weird structure of having eight weeks of term and then just a very long vacation, everything happens in those eight weeks, so I wouldn’t say I have
a typical day that I, or a routine that I follow, but I tend to be in
the library by 9:00 AM, so I woke up at 7:30, 8:00 to get a coffee before 8:00, and then spend basically the whole day until like 2:00 PM in the library. Then I get my lunch, usually in one of the small
cafes around the libraries, and then the option is basically back in the library or extracurriculars, so you meet up in different coffee shops, talk to people about their projects, how things are working
out on certain projects that you’re doing together and have a bit of social time as well. And then back to the library til usually about
10:00-ish, quarter to 10. (smooth music) I wanted to bring you guys to this spot because it’s where I spend
most of my time at Oxford, and definitely the best
bit of my time in Oxford. It’s the Radcliffe Camera behind us, which is officially a
history faculty library, but it’s part of the bigger
network of the Bodleian Library, which is Oxford’s central library, and it’s definitely the space I spent the most time reading books, freaking out about essays that I had to hand in the next morning, and meeting friends, so definitely this was the
spot I enjoyed most in my time. I might be a bit of a sort
of super academic whatever, really boring person, but what I really enjoyed most
was having a stack of books and a lot of time and knowing I would have to
write something about this, make up my own mind about this. It’s kind of daunting because
you see all these big names and you’re a bit intimidated
by the whole situation, but knowing that you can do it and that you can actually
say something interesting about this was the greatest experience. My third year I started taking a paper on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics And discovered that the
tutor was actually a name that I’d read 100 times
on my reading lists for Plato and other papers, and he happened to be one
of the biggest persons in ancient philosophy, Dominic Scott, and it was at first
intimidating to write papers and know he’s going to read them properly, and he did read them very rigorously and made comments about
my grammar, a lot of them, and it was very scary at first, but I really started to love that paper and love that course because I really felt
like I was taken serious by someone who’s extremely
well-known on the field and who’s extremely capable, who’s now really interested
in what I’m saying, and yeah, it’s a scary experience, but it’s also great to know
that you’ve really done something worthwhile once
you get out of your tutorial. The tutorial situation, that you have one professor
and one student in a room discussing one topic for a whole hour, is something that’s completely unique, I think, to Oxford and Cambridge, maybe. Having studied PPE here for three years, I think what it’s really
about is one the one hand that you sort of the
theoretical, rigorous knowledge that you learn throughout the course, but also the sort of practical, the histories of conflicts, or the histories of current affairs. (smooth music) Alongside that I’ve also
been doing a journal called The Journal of Interrupted Studies, which I started with my
good friend and housemate, Mark Barclay, which basically tries to
publish articles by academics at risk, refugee academics who
had to leave their home, their countries because of war, because of climate change, and for various reasons, and who want to continue
publishing their work, because that’s what they do for a living, but can’t finish articles, and what we do is we try and publish them, and thereby create a platform for these academics to, A: highlight the potential they have, the academic integrity, the knowledge that’s actually
coming to Europe as well throughout the migration crisis, but also to highlight on the other side that a lot of these academics
cannot continue their work because of legal restrictions, or because universities are
quite slow in integrating them, and that project has been very
important for me personally because it’s more than just
a sort of academic interest, it’s actually meeting people who suffered and who are now finding a
new perspective to the world. Mark and I developed the journal in all the small little
coffee shops around Oxford, and the The Missing Bean
was definitely the place we kept on coming back to and the place we actually
started the journal de facto. Having the Oxford name on the cover of the journal
definitely helped us a lot with the project, because it meant that people
who found out about the project took it to be much more credible than they would’ve probably taken a standard undergraduate journal, and that definitely helped. It also meant for Mark and I that we wouldn’t have
started the journal, I guess, without the support of Oxford
University in the first place. (smooth music) I came to Oxford just thinking
that it’d be super academic and there wouldn’t be
much social life going on, but actually discovered
that it’s basically, I mean, a huge part of the Oxford life. Every college has its own
JCR and college bar attached, which means you get subsidized drinks, which is great because
Oxford is insanely expensive, and the other thing is the
JCR’s a spot to just hang out and meet people from
the undergrad community, undergraduate community, so it’s just great because
you get to chat to people and like talk about life at uni, and there are no senior tutors around, so it’s kind of very intimate. But everything social sort
of starts within the college, which means that social life
is completely different here then it is back home where you
know people from maybe school or neighborhoods, so that makes Oxford’s social
life completely different, but at the same time, if you’re in a very small college like me, you tend to be out too much quicker, so you leave the nest much more, and again, it depends on
which college you’re at. After you finish your last exam, once you’re done with
your degree basically, you walk out of examination schools and your whole, like black tie outfit, a white tie, actually, and you’re trashed, which means people throw everything they can find at you basically, from a shaving foam to confetti to, I mean obscene things
like food and anything, so you’re just completely trashed and you’re disgusting state, but then you jump into the
river and it’ll kind of like, disappears and your back sort of, droop, normal life out of the uni experience and then just, you have two weeks to three
weeks remaining at Oxford, in which loads of crazy things happen, you go hunting, driving around on boats on the river, you go to sports, concerts, you go clubbing, and you go to balls, white-tie balls, but yeah, that’s going
to happen today for me, and that’s how I’m gonna
end my time at Oxford. White-tie means you have
to wear a tail coat, which looks like a penguin at first, but then gotta wear a waist coat as well, and where the name comes from a white tie, so this one’s one that I have to tie up, which will take me a good half an hour for it to look properly. These flowers are called carnations. It’s a tradition at Oxford that you wear them to your exams, so you wear the white one on your first day of exams and the red one on the last day of exams, but I just think they look quite cool on a white tie outfit, so I’m just gonna put one here and see how it works a night at the ball. I’ve never been to a
white tie ball before, so I’m not really sure what to expect, but I just thought I can meet people for the last time and say
goodbye to a lot of people, but also sort of leave
Oxford on a high note. I’m feeling like, yeah
this was a great time, and this is how I wanna conclude it. (smooth music) I hope you enjoyed this video, but if you wanna find out more about the top university of the world, subscribe to Crimson Education.

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100 thoughts on “A Day in the Life: Oxford Student

  • January 12, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    i am wondering that what can a PPE student do after graduation, for i am going to study it…

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  • January 13, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    I am Bangladesi.How to get admission on there?

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  • January 13, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    I was like “he sounds slightly german”
    then: cha-ching, I was right 😂

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  • January 22, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    Stupid kid …xD

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  • January 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    I like hard working persons.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    personally, I think you are completely incredibly wonderful! Congratulations on the PPE. Thank you for the work on the Journal; how do I subscribe? Given Brexit, will you be (should you be so inclined) to continue your education at Oxford in 2019/2020? You wowed me. Thank you for that.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Guy looks like Christoph Waltz.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    Rich white boy.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Training for corporate life.

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  • February 3, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    Oxford and Cambridge are best Unis in the world.

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  • February 3, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    German forever ✌🏻

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  • February 4, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    He sounds British but he’s achually German

    Fact olny the smartest people go to oxford

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  • February 4, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    I'm too dumb to go Oxford

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  • February 7, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Never knew Lucky Blue Smith graduated from Oxford University

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  • February 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    Hahahaha up before 8am and in the library till 10pm… many a student has preached it but it is the reality for almost none.

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  • February 10, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    The criquet is my favorite activity…. so divine.

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  • February 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Summary: Library

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  • February 11, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    Looks like nightmare to me

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  • February 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    Wow he’s living my dream life and I don’t have the grades 😕

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  • February 14, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    education is good if you goin for doctor or maybe some engineer but today schools is about grab your money and left you with no job at all its billions dollars bussines where unsuccessful people judge and critique you…in the end all that matter is your talent and final product of your work

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  • February 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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    Im not so inteligent

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  • February 19, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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  • February 21, 2019 at 9:45 am
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    Would you please make a video on how much did it cost studying at oxford for 4 years( including tution fees, food living cost) ?

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    so the bottom line is..'I went to Oxford'. Really.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    Your English is very good!

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  • March 7, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    then messes the world with nonsense pure rubbish

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  • March 10, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    This Is great but the background music. Is shit

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  • March 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    I can't believe that anybody on here is criticising this guy's accent. He's not even studying languages here! I think he does a great job. I Wonder how many of his critics speak fluent, accent-free German. How many people on here would understand a broad Yorkshire or Scouse accent? Language is about communication. Has the guy communicated? Yes. Job done.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    This is probably the closest I'll ever get to Oxford

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  • March 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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    Modern day student's vocabulary: "Sureal, sureal, sureal…" What the fuck sureal is in this???

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  • March 13, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    This is the most european video I've ever seen

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  • March 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    Did he just go for a high five and get rejected? 6:30

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  • March 22, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    give me your number paul

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  • March 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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    He's showing around Exeter!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    Great job 👏👏👏👏

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  • March 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Paul you heard about hell ?

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  • March 31, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    He likes to read books. That's good for him.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Wow must be fun to be a nerd who's is the library for 14 hours a day. What a fulfilling lifestyle!😂

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  • April 1, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    The life of a doctoral student here is very different.

    Don't fall in love with labels guys, irrespective of where you study right now, you can still achieve greatness. Oxford is amazing and I'm blessed to be here, but honestly, its not about where you are – its what you make of it.

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  • April 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    What’s with students in top universities and studying philosophy, history and politics?

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  • April 3, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    dein Freund ist sehr schon

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  • April 4, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    Someday

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  • April 10, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    If only I was 20 years younger, I would go out on a date with this gorgeous and handsome young blond German hunk – Paul, you should visit Ireland, including Dublin, as Dublin gay Pride is starting in June and you might find yourself an Irish boyfriend your own age hun 🏳️‍🌈💕❤️💗🌈☘️🇮🇪🇬🇧😘😍😎😛🌞

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  • April 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    Yay this video put me off going to oxford (Even though I wouldn't get in anyway)..12 hours in the library a day? Sounds like prison to me

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  • April 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    I was having issues with my spouse who was cheating on me while i taught i had him all to myself but luckily for me,i met an hacker called Mr meed,who helped me out. i spoke to him on phone and he helped me out within a couple of hours,i was seeing his message and also deleted conversation.i was glad that i got in touched with him.i can’t just keep this to myself anymore men are scum,get in touch with him also on WhatsApp to help you out,also and know what your husband is doing…This’s meed WhatsApp number +19096670695.

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  • April 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    Nice university ..send me watsap number.. plz sir..

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  • April 22, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Thanks for your video !!

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  • April 22, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    Next I drink wine and have a splendid time with my friends

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  • April 23, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    i think he's a closet homosexual

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  • April 24, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Good vid. If I may give you some advise, from a guy who left a terrible school at 16 and done a year in college in a little place called Carshalton . When out for a good ol English brewed cuppa. Never leave it right next to your MBP keyboard! 😆

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  • April 27, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    Why do all female university students do drugs? Why are they all the same?

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  • April 27, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    A blonde Shawn Mendes

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  • April 28, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    Just remember folks..Quantum Physics chit chatter in your local bar will get you banned!!

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  • April 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    I have a question about getting into Oxford: I’m in 7. grade in a public grammar school in Germany. My last average was 1.7. Some people say that you need to show all school reports that you got since middle school, others say the ones since the 9. grade are enough. So what is true? And is it okay if I have 1.7-2.0 in middle school and when I’m in 12. grade (in Germany we say Abi, it’s your High School Diploma) 1.0, if everything else fits? Sorry my English isn‘t perfect but I’m only 13 and I’m trying my best, haha. 🙈

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  • May 2, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    People that spend all day in the library are doing fuck all

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  • May 4, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    Oh Gott er ist Sau hübsch

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  • May 11, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    Publish Deez nuts.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    must be a ravenclaw

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Can I ask that is the interview purely based on academic results or there are some chances for students that didn't perform well in academic to do well in interview ?

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  • May 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    My school took me one a trip here, it was beautiful!

    (Possible spoilers)
    I like the 'hobbit door' and the Percy Shelley statue with his muse

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  • May 27, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Why do all female university students do drugs? Why are they all the same?

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  • May 29, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    i´m colombian student of medicine in my country, and i love oxford university. Someone can help me to know the process of admission please.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    In 5 years I will be at oxford.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    So basically all day in a library. God, I wish I was as committed to studying as this lad!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    Aaa impian akuhh

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  • July 7, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    My dream

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  • July 7, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    I will achieve it

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  • July 8, 2019 at 4:46 am
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    “Oxford is insanely expensive”

    laughs in american

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  • July 8, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    Omg Hertford college! I've been there!

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  • July 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Crimson we like and enjoy your work.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    I hope I can go there one day!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    If you’re happy in Oxford, I’m happy for you 👍😊📓✅

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    OXFORD is my dream

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Studying in Oxford but the backpack is open like an Idiot

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  • July 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    🤔🤔🙄

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  • July 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    Waowwwwwwwwwwww 🌺 🏵️🌺 🏵️🌺 🏵️ from Bangladesh 🇧🇩 🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩❤️🏵️ 🏵️💐 🏵️💐 🏵️💐 🏵️

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    Wie ist Paul mit dem links Verkehr klar gekommen?

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    He is a good speaker

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjlCo1CM070

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    I liked.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Hi paul

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    I love Physic

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    This video makes me feel stupid

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  • August 31, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    what arw ways to get admisaion in oxford university.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    Dream campus

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    Oxford University is only dream for those who can't afford it inspite of his/her passion especially the students of third world countries like us….

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  • September 9, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    Thanks, Paul. Very much appreciated that. Regards, David

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    My dream uni , so sad I can only dream about it. I couldn't ever get in cause I'm no t really rich. I'm just a middle class in a not-so-rich asian country and I just can't afford to get into this uni. Maybe in some parallel universe, a version of me is studying in here

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  • September 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    6:31 poor guy tried to give a high five but was left hanging

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    It's done well.
    https://blog.naver.com/7heppy7

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    It's not his accent which gives him away for being German, it's all the fake virtue-signalling regarding "refugee academics". I bet all of his German colleagues at TU Dortmund jizzed their pants when he came back for Christmas to tell them "how it's like" in Oxford. So pathetic!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    As an old fart, I’ve grown less enamored with elite academic institutions. In the States, there is a growing expose of corruption and privilege at Harvard , Ivy League schools etc. I’m glad dr Jordan Peterson has made an effort to ask vital questions on the money spent and frivolous puff these institutions have placed themselves.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Academy of winterhold

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  • September 15, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Yay I live in Oxford 😜😊

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  • September 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    Amazing video, a motivational guide for study.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    Handsome guy.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    It's always annoying as a local to hear people talk about this place as if it's a fairy tale. The university is incredibly outdated with its insistence on pressuring students in an age where all the education you could ask for is in the palm of our hands.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Excellent  video blog

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  • September 20, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Sexy Boy👍

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