While Oxford is in and of itself an institution of learning, it is also made up of 38 independently governed colleges. Basically, there are mini schools within the school. School-ception, if you will. I happen to be associated with New College, but don’t let the name fool you, New College is anything but “new.” Founded in 1379, New College is older than the new world. You read that right, my college is older than my country!
We were recently given our keys to New College and good thing too; the place is like a mini fortress. In fact, at one time it actually was. It’s completely surrounded by a wall and we even have a porter guarding the front gate at all times. However, the porter, is quickly becoming my favorite person in Oxford–super helpful, super friendly.