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11 November 2005 @ 08:13 pm
I'm home again. Confused and tired, but glad to be back.

ninnui, did you get the DVDs I sent you?
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Current Music: CSI[1].5x12.Snakes
I'm Jack Sparrow's jar of dirt. [Don't touch me!]: wormholeninnui on November 14th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hey :) Good that you're home again.
Yes, I did get the DVDs. Thank you so much for sending them to me. I also replied to the address you wrote upon the envelope (just in case you didn't receive the later yet). I hope that's ok.
Illmanillman on November 14th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hey yourself :)

Got your letter and wrote you one back today. Checked your lj today and saw your nifty (new?) layout. Very pretty. Mine desperatly needs revamping. Maybe once I'm actually awake and inspired...

How is life doing? Done with all the work from last week?
I'm Jack Sparrow's jar of dirt. [Don't touch me!]: awakeninnui on November 15th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
The layout indeed is new :D Recoding Component was a bitch, but thankfully I had quite some help, and there are some very nice tuts out there. It's much fun customizing the lj! When I have some spare time, I might add some more sidebars ;)

Spare time unfortunately is something rather rare these days. There is one presentation on Wednesday, and the other one on Monday. The term paper is due to next Thursday, but should really be finished beforehand, because I have a beta for it.
Under normal circumstances I'd say, "When next thursday is over, I'll thank God and all his angels!". Right now I think I'm lucky if I'm allowed to fall into bed and have a good, untroubled sleep :)
Illmanillman on November 15th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of work for you. Reminds me of the time when I was still studying in Oxford. Did you get your new laptop yet so that you can reward yourself after a long day?

I'm Jack Sparrow's jar of dirt. [Don't touch me!]: gaaah!ninnui on November 16th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
According to the email I received yesterday the laptop presumably will be send on the 22nd November... So no, I don't have anything to reward me with. Yesterday evening I started reading - something I haven't done for ages (except the important things for uni). At least it's interesting - about the inquisition and Heinreich Kramer. It's the "Malleus Maleficarum" (Hexenhammer).

When the term paper is done next week, I will be able to relax for one week, then the next paper needs to be written. Everything is scheduled. I hate that. I seriously hope that after the intermediate exams are over I can relax a bit. That should be at the beginning of May *headdesk*.

What was working and studying at Oxford like? Were there many foreign students you could align with?
Illmanillman on November 16th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
Oxford was more work than I ever thought possible (and I thought knew what work was after high school ;) But I found out that I could do science all day long and have fun.

Oxford is organized in trimesters that are eight weeks each. During the trimesters mornings are lectures, afternoon are tutorial group and lab hours. The evenings, nights and weekends are for the piles of homework that is disucussed in the tutorial groups. Exams are written at the beginning of each trimesters about the previous trimester and the independent study of the vacations.

In the eight weeks of the trimester, free time is basically non-existant. I usually didn't even manage to watch TV. I worked until 1 or 2 a.m. and fell into bed totally exhausted. Generally life in Oxford was rather nocturnal. The campus library had open until midnight and was always full until closing time and the nearest supermarket that was open 24/7 (I really miss this in Germany) had lots of customers after midnight.

In the sciences there are quite a few foreign students, not so many undergraduates, as graduate students. In my first year, there we were nine chemistry students from my college (Oxford University is split into forty-something colleges), and there was me and a guy from Canada as foreign students. In my second first year (yeah, I had to repeat and will have to repeat again for the third time - I should probably leave it at that) we were four foreign students in ten chemistry students. Most foreign students come from Asia and quite a few from Eastern Europe. Then we have always a lot of visiting students who do a trimester or a year in Oxford. Many of the visiting students come from the US or continetal Europe.
I'm Jack Sparrow's jar of dirt. [Don't touch me!]ninnui on November 18th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
This sounds rather horrible from my point of view. I know about the trimester thing. And I understand what you mean with "all work and no fun". Oh my!

Was it this overload of work and stress, that was cause of your breakdown?
Illmanillman on November 19th, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
It was probably the stress and the work that got to me, but if I hadn't been ill in the first place it wouldn't have gotten to me like that. I had had a mini-breakdown before when I was 17, but bounced back from that within 6 months or so. I stayed home from school for that time and also started taking meds (but for unipolar depression back then) for a while, but stopped after I got better. #

The stress at university has always been a problem for me, also when I went back for the second time. (I had my breakdown in the winter of my first year of university and then took out the rest of the year to repeat the year the following fall). I was dead tired all the time and fell asleep in lectures on a regular basis. I so counted the days. I wasn't even surprised when I got asked to leave ;) It had to end badly...This year I'm again on leave until spring when I have an assesment with my tutors coming up. I'm not even sure I want to try again.