Author Archives: Malin Hu

About Malin Hu

Raised in the environs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Malin Hu is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy and pursuing a certificate in International Development. An incurable case of wanderlust and intellectual curiosity has taken her to the University of Oxford's Pembroke College for the 2009-2010 academic year. Her previous international excursions have almost exclusively been limited to China (in her defense, it has no shortage of places to visit); therefore, as far as she is concerned, a foray into Europe sounds like quite the adventure in the great wide somewhere. In her spare time -- to the extent that she has any -- she enjoys butchering Frédéric Chopin on the piano, organizing her bookshelves, and scribbling in her Moleskine.

A Farewell to Oxford in Three Parts

Writing this post has been on my to-do list ever since I returned to the States on 19 June at the conclusion of one indescribable academic year at Oxford. I actually first drafted the contents of this post on paper, … Continue reading

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General Election Madness

One of the things that I have not done a particularly good job of while studying abroad is discussing, in depth, those things that the United States and the United Kingdom do not have in common.  For this, I can … Continue reading

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Malin v. the Tutorial System, Round Three

You would think that, after having survived it twice already, re-acclimating to the Oxford academic cycle would be something approaching a cinch. The thing is — it might have, had a certain volcano not disrupted European air travel for a … Continue reading

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Stranded by — What Else? — Volcanic Ash

This post currently finds me in Budapest, Hungary, which is the last stop on my Easter holiday travels. I was supposed to fly back to London this afternoon for my third and final term at Oxford, but, as you may … Continue reading

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A Transatlantic Political Divide

*dusts off blog* After a long hiatus, greetings, again, from Oxford! I realise I’ve done a rather awful job of updating from the City of Dreaming Spires (or, as a friend of mine back at Georgetown called it, the City … Continue reading

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Andy Murray; Or, Tales from a “United” Kingdom

Oh goodness, it has been a while since my last post, hasn’t it?  Many, many apologies, though let that stand as a testament to just how busy Oxford manages to keep its students.  I am currently nearing the midpoint of … Continue reading

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Beyond the Oxford Bubble: London and Bath

Oh dear, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Since I last blogged, I somehow managed to survive the last week of Michaelmas Term, drag my excessively heavy suitcase back to the States, and spent the first week of my Christmas … Continue reading

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A Note About the Elements

Now that eighth week of Michaelmas Term is upon us — each term consists of eight weeks, and, as an Oxford student, I learned very quickly how to tell time by (1) what week it is and (2) when my … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

(And let’s conveniently over look the fact that this post is ten days late, shall we?) It’s a relief to be posting again: Oxford is such an intensely academic experience most of the day that I forget that studying abroad … Continue reading

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Five Observations in Search of a Trend

Allow me to preface this post by apologising for the slightly nerdy title. I’m afraid that this past week was wholly consumed by coursework for my econometrics tutorial. Consider the above title as a part of my continued effort to … Continue reading

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