5 things about Durham University I didn’t know I would love

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Hello everyone ! This is my first article, I hope you’ll enjoy it !

As an Erasmus student at Durham University, the past two months have been slightly different for me than for the other Freshers. First thing first, this year is currently my third, and I will receive my Bachelor degree from Sciences Po Paris at the end of the year (fingers crossed), but here at Durham, I and the others Erasmus, are considered as freshers. Except for the college: we live out, in our own houses. As I am a Hatfielder, it was a really bad news, because this college is amazingly beautiful. When you choose your destination for your year abroad, there are obviously the things you are very excited about. For me, it was the Castle, Harry Potter society and the Gala Theatre. Anyway, as you will find out when you take that flight and go live your dream year, a year abroad is also full of surprises. Fortunately, those 5 things are what make me so happy right now. Continue reading

Could it be Magic?

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One of the major factors that draws exchange students to Durham is the Harry Potter factor. It’s most apparent during the first and last weeks of the year, when hoards of students dressed in long black gowns gather for the matriculation and graduation ceremonies in Durham cathedral (umbrellas may be also be present in large numbers, we haven’t mastered the Impervius charm just yet). If you are lucky enough to be assigned to one of the more formal colleges, these gowns will also be an integral part of regular college formals. If you aren’t, you may get the chance to tag along with someone who is a member. University college (usually known as Castle, for obvious reasons) formals can feel utterly magical.

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Let there be Light

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

December marks the end of Michaelmas term and luckily also the end of the challenging times I talked about in the last post. In retrospect, the 11 weeks I’ve been in Durham seem to have flown by, especially as the Belgian semester system has 13 weeks of lectures instead of the 10 I’ve had this year! Continue reading