Freshers will be underway for many new university students within the next few days and you’ll soon find out all about university life (ahem, binge drinking and late night clubbing). However, for those who’ve gained a place at either Oxford or Cambridge, term starts much later than most other institutions. This gives you plenty of time to get some last minute reading done (lol) or binge-watch all the latest television shows (much more likely). This is a light-hearted post I originally wrote for the Oxford University Freshers’ Guide, so it’s a little more specific than most but if you’re a prospective Oxbridge fresher and you’ve stumbled across this post (or simply curious!) then read on…
Without further ado, here are 3 TV shows to prepare you for life at Oxford University.
House of Cards
You’ll soon learn that students playing politics is a large part of Oxford life and you’ll almost certainly be coerced into paying £218 for life time membership of the prestigious Oxford Union during freshers’ week. There is no better TV show to prepare you for the antics of Union Hacks than House of Cards. (Note: so far there have been zero Union-related deaths.) This is the first original online-only to receive major nominations at the Emmy Awards back in 2013 and the show has lost none of its binge worthy-ness since then.
Orange is the New Black
For many of you, living in a confined space with a large number of people of a similar age to you will be unfamiliar territory. Thankfully, Orange is the New Black is a great show to get you mentally prepared for student life. Just kidding – Oxford accommodation is absolutely nothing like prison, quite the opposite in fact. Hopefully you will find inspiration in the protagonist Piper, a woman thrown into unfamiliar territory who learns to adapt to her new life. This is one of few shows in which the protagonist and the supporting characters are mostly made up of women and it is kick-ass.
Check out my post on 10 Reasons Why Orange is The New Black Season 3 Sucked.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The premise of this show is pretty damn strange – a group of girls, who have been held hostage in an underground bunker for 15 years, are finally found and re-join the real world. The problem is, a lot of things can change in 15 years but clueless Kimmy is determined to make a life for herself in New York. This show asks all the important questions – “it is pronounced fort-ay or fort?”, obviously an essential part of your pre-Oxford prep. So far (at the time of writing, i.e. two years ago because I’m an organised blogger), there’s only one season, which consists of 13 episodes. That makes this season 312 minutes long in total. That’s only 5 hours and 12 minutes of your time. You have no excuses. (Now, there are 3 seasons, 39 episodes but that’s STILL only 14 hours and 18 minutes of your time.)
NB. This is, of course, just a bit of fun, and Oxford is a lovely place to live and study.
For more posts about my time at Oxford University, check out the following:
8 Do’s and Dont’s When Choosing an Oxford College How Many Books Did I Read For My French Degree At Oxford University? What is it like to study French at Oxford University? The Harry Potter Tour of Oxford University
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