Essay Crisis | How I Write My Essays Oxford Uni Vlog // Oxford Diaries #13

hello everyone and welcome or welcome back to my channel if you’re new here my name is Kailyn I am a master’s student here at the University of Oxford joining history and today I wanted to start a little weekend in my life I’m currently writing an essay. I figure this would probably be a good time to take you guys along. I can kind of walk you through the process but I also wanted this to be a little bit more of an interactive slog I’ve been trying to change up my editing style. that way none of my vlogs are like entirely the same some of my videos are going to be more b-roll heavy to show you guys a little bit more what I’m doing and then videos like this are going to be a little bit more interactive and I’m going to be talking to you guys about certain things that I’ve been asked on Instagram or in the comment section of my videos and today I’m going to be talking particularly about how I am writing my essays and how I prepare my essays and on top of that I had a comment on my last video asking for me to talk a little bit about journaling I currently use my supplied by Lily astrology notebook or journal I’m going to link it down below I love this notebook I love the supplied by Lily stationery line. I’ve been really enjoying this and what I’ve been trying to do is every couple days I will pull out my journal and write some things that I’m thinking about and sometimes there’s the pressure to write a full page and I think what you need to do is just read the things that are on your mind less. feeling like you have to fill out a full page like today I only filled out a half page and then perhaps my next entry will be a full page or one and a half pages or more I think journaling is a great way to kind of assess where you’re at and that’s why I really enjoy doing YouTube as well as having my journal because it’s a way for me to catalogue the things that I’m going through especially when I meant this kind of pivotal moment in my life I have applied for PhD programs that I’m currently waiting to hear back I should start getting decisions back as early as next week. it’s a very nerve-wracking time for me and my future is rather uncertain I have a lot of responsibilities here as a graduate student there’s a lot of things I want to do with my YouTube Instagram and eventually hopefully start a podcast. there’s just a lot of things that I want to do even while I am a graduate student to help other students including building up my counseling business I offer consultations I offer free consultations for thirty minutes to anyone who wants help with undergraduate admissions as well as masters admissions at Oxbridge just keep that in mind if you guys ever want some help just shoot me an email and we can schedule a consultation but overall I have a lot of things on my plate and a lot of things on my mind therefore.

Essay Crisis | How I Write My Essays Oxford Uni Vlog // Oxford Diaries #13

I have been using my journal as a way to write that down as well as using YouTube as a way to also flesh out my experiences and what’s on my mind I also use journaling as a form of self talk. what I mean by that is that I will use my journal to kind of give myself advice sometimes it’s helpful if you can try to remove yourself from your own circumstances and your own reality. if my friend were in the position that I am right now what advice would I give them and. what I try to do in my journal is give myself that advice that I would have given a friend and that has really helped me and has really helped me get through some really tough times. that’s something I would suggest about journaling I don’t really have a super set schedule it’s really just I try to do it in the mornings every couple days and sometimes it’s every other day sometimes it’s everyday sometimes it’s once a week I’m trying to do it a little bit more than I used to and the way that I do that is instead of doing in an evening I’ve been doing it first thing in the morning currently in the process of beginning work on my essay and once I have a solid idea of where I’m at with it then I will show you I’m pretty much going to start with the outline and I’m also going to start thinking about what I want to use as my hook I had a particular 17th century quote that I was using before but because I want to shift the focus of my paper just a little bit I think I’m going to use a different example. I typically start all of my essays with a quote I’m with a primary source and. that’s what I’m gonna be looking for right now alright. let’s get into it all right. I’ve been working for a couple hours I think I have a general structure for the SI y si that I’m currently writing it as an expanded version of a previous essay that I had written but there’s certain sections that I want to add to it. I’m looking at the origin of slave laws in the British Atlantic. looking at the British American colonies and the British Caribbean primarily during the 17th century and looking at what historians have said about the origins and kind of which legal precedents the colonists were borrowing from if they are borrowing from it at all I want to also add a discussion about the difference between the establishment of laws and using precedent but also how economic factors play into that and kind of what is the point in which laws are then enacted because human beings have been enslaving others since pretty much the beginning of humanity and. establishing a legal code for slavery basically is taking it a step further but that’s not to say that all colonists kind of follow a law or that they even needed laws in order to enslave others. anyway it’s kind of difficult to explain but the general gist is I’m adding a section kind of explaining why laws were enacted and how they were enacted and then I want to go into different precedents I just went down to gales I picked up some lunch I just have a mozzarella sandwich. I’m gonna eat it take a little bit of a break watch YouTube video or to eat some lunch and keep working by the way if you guys have any interest and what I do when I take my breaks I’m currently watching a lecture or a book talk with David blight and Tony he see Coates about Frederick Douglass and I was a lecturer put on by the Gilder Lehrman Center. I’m watching this or listening to this lecture while also digging through footnotes and that is how I know I am meant to be an academic [Applause] [Applause] all right. I’m back from the library and I have been doing a little bit of work and I’m actually making quite a bit of progress I was looking at some of the feedback that I got from one of my professors on my original essay and he said try to see if there’s a way to track historiographical trends within the particular like subsets of argument. in order to kind of track that I what I do is that I brain map and. what I’ll do is I will write out a kind of diagram of the central argument and then kind of what I think the arguments around that are and those will act as my body paragraphs. for example the middle says the origin of slave lost in the brush Atlantic which is the title of the paper and then looking eyes I based on Roman law borrowed from France or Spain economic factors in colonial invention or that there was basis in common law I also put other but there didn’t really seem to be any other particular arguments and then what I’ll do from there is as I go and read the articles as historians make arguments that I could use in the paper I will then write their name and the date of that paper and then I will then make a timeline to show kind of where they fall and that kind of helps me just visually map out how the paper is going to kind of be organized that’s kind of that kind of acts as my outline if and then I will go into my essay notes which is where I pulled quotes and pulled sources and then I will kind of have that next to where I’m writing the essay. that way I have something to kind of go off of and also typing out all the quotes from the books is super helpful because then all you have to do is copy paste it over into the essay. just just a little hint for you guys as you write your own essays but now Mike HOF for some reason is really bad. I’m actually gonna take a break because I’ve actually made a lot of progress and and I’ll see you guys in a little bit good morning everyone. this is the next day I got it this morning a bit to eat did a little bit of work and then honestly was just. tired for him staying up really late last night that I decided I would just take another nap before brunch. that way I could power through and I’m really glad I did not because I feel a lot better now and I’m about to head off to brunch in Hall with my friends then I’m gonna go get a coffee go to the graduate study space and then I have to make a quick trip to the vir Harmsworth library I have to pick up you have another book. that is the plan for today I need to get my paper fish today I’m I have about say about 2,000 words left which I’m not too worried about. far the draft is coming along pretty well I’m but I just want it to be as perfect as it can be because obviously it’s my first graded mark here at Oxford and I would like to graduate with the distinction since hopefully I’m starting my ph.d program next year and I’m sure that’s going to be contingent on me doing well in this program but I don’t think said I went out with my friends last night too well the MC are here at Somerville had a bob last night which for Americans is basically just a party or a kickback there was music and dancing and there was alcohol but I didn’t really drink because I am still getting over being really sick and. I thought all it takes this one bad night to send you back spiraling and I cannot afford to be sick anymore I just I can’t handle it.

I decided to abstain from drinking alcohol and drink lots of water and just stayed up late and hung out with my friends which was honestly really fun I’m really glad that I did that because I honestly would have regretted missing out on it I think it’s really important to have a balance between your academic work but also creating memories and having personal experiences and be MCR events or something that I don’t want to miss out on especially because I’m only here for a year and although I never brought I never went out I never partied when I was at UCLA there was also not of events that I really felt like I was missing out on whereas here they’re quite tame and quite wholesome I’m especially for graduate students. I try to attend as many events as possible like welfare teas and bops and wine and cheese exchanges and formal dinners and that kind of stuff because it’s all part of the Oxford experience and I don’t want it myself. that all being said I’m gonna go ahead and pack up my bag because I’m going to grab brunch and go straight to the study space because if I come back to my room then who knows how productive I’d actually be. I think it’s important to change up your study space as much as possible even though I need to actually listen to my own advice a little bit more because I tend to just stay in my room I’m gonna go to the graduate study space today and we’re have a good for docu today that is my plan. into it all right. it’s now been a little while and I am still working in the study space everybody has left or at least for a little while inside the room to myself. I just wanted to check in really quick I am about a thousand words into the essay out of about five thousand and that doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t pieces that haven’t already been written I’m just kind of rewriting to make sure that I’m getting everything that I need because I’m adding two whole new sections but I picked up some of the books that I thought would be helpful from the veer Harmsworth and I’m just gonna keep chipping away on it’s slowly it’s going well I just one of my one of the comments when professor made was to add a little bit more context as to what sources they are using. I’m trying to write a whole section about the methodologies that the historians are using but also making a clear differential between social and legal historians as well as legal scholars because I’m also trying to track historiographical trends and if you guys don’t know what that means that basically just means that there are certain like schools of thought within the scholarship that we try to follow. that all being said I think somebody’s about to walk in the room. I’m going to keep working all right. it is about seven o’clock I went out to grab some pizza with my friends as a little treat in between finishing my essay. I’m just packing my room because nobody else is studying in the study space. I figured I would come back to my room and I’m just gonna keep working . I decided to take a break because I feel brain-dead and now I have zero motivation to get up and finish because I have honestly put in. much effort into this essay and I’m actually really happy with it it seems I feel like it’s some of the best work I’ve actually ever done but now I just don’t have enough to keep going. I’m not quite sure what to do I think like everything in me is telling me that I want to go to sleep but then I’m not gonna have enough time tomorrow unless they woke up super early and you know the game where you tell yourself you’re gonna wake up early to get work done and then you wake up in the morning and you reason with yourself as to why you’re allowed to sleep another hour to like I know that’s what’s gonna happen. I do need to actually get this done tonight I just want to sleep maybe I’ll nap maybe I’ll take a nap and then I’ll keep working it’s not that late.

I could probably nap without falling asleep like entirely right all right. by some miracle I managed to pry myself out of bed I lay down for like 45 minutes and just tried to do anything that wasn’t thinking about this paper but I’m now back on a roll and I am actually really happy with how this paragraph is turning out feel like I’m like close to being done I’m it is currently 11:45. I’ve basically been working since 11:00 this morning I’m I mean I taken breaks obviously but I am about I would say about a thousand words from being done I’m it’s about 3500 words currently I’m but my plan is I’m going to finish this paragraph I’m gonna wait to write the conclusion in the morning I also have to write up an annotated bibliography which shouldn’t be too hard I’m but I need to get that done before my meetings tomorrow this is what happens when you are a perfectionist and also somebody that works really well under pressure I for one will just keep reading and will keep doing research up until the moment when I really do need to get my work done but then I get into these situations where I’m up really late but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way I don’t think I could do it any other way I’ve tried to get assignments done early and I just don’t they don’t turn out as well I’m and that’s not to say that I just like leave everything to last-minute I do research I write sections I do my notes and everything. that way I have everything that I need and then I’m just a just massive perfectionist about my prose and I just want it to flow really nicely I’m really critical about the way that I write especially because I had a really good supervisor an undergrad and he really helped me make my writing better and obviously it’s all a long way to go but I I feel like it has come a long long way. I’m just really picky about my writing and I just want it to be the past then it can be but I’m gonna go ahead and finish up this paragraph and go to bed and then wake up early and finish up the conclusion and the annotated bibliography and then I have to go to my meeting and then I still have to edit this video and get that up before I have to decant all my readings done for Tuesday. time management people it’s important I think it’s ironic that people ask me about my time management skills and here we are but that all being said I have been working on this for like months and now I’m going to be quiet and get to work all right I did it I finished my essay it is 1:00 in the morning but I finished everything I wrote the conclusion I am done I’m gonna proofread it once more in the morning before I send it in but I’m really happy without turned out honestly I’ve been feeling a little bit of like imposter syndrome I guess were like kind of self-doubt as I’ve been waiting for these PhD decisions and I’ve been writing as I say it’s been having the hardest time I or at least when I was writing it before because I get these moments where I feel like perhaps I am not quite equipped to be writing this kind of research and that I am not prepared for a PhD but writing that paper and getting to focus on it today really reminded me that I’m doing the right thing and I have to say like the most rewarding thing in the world is getting to write about the scholarship that I just find. interesting and seeing that there’s room and that scholarship for you to also kind of make your own addition to it it’s not 1:00 in the morning and I’m exhausted. it is time to go to sleep and I’m gonna go ahead and sign off of this video I wanted to take you guys through an essay crisis with me I am NOT one of these videos before but I want to know if you guys enjoyed it I would love to see you guys comment down below and if you guys made it all the way to the end of this video leave me a comment down below of a TV show you’re really liking at the moment and I’d love to see what shows you guys for watching but I hope you guys enjoyed this video if you guys did please give it a thumbs up if you guys are not yet subscribed please hit that subscribe button and I’ll see you guys the next video [Applause]. she loves you sure

Unc Supplement

hi my name is Jennifer and I’m pretty sure you already know because you’re reading my application but I chose to share my extra information through a video because I communicate better when I’m talking and you know when I’m setting out my thoughts. through this video I hope that you can learn three main things that is really important to me and really dear to my heart the first one being my passion for music and especially the flute. I’ve always played music since I was young maybe like I can remember when I was in first grade kindergarten I started going to the SIA Maha Academy piano but I move on to singing and then I moved on to the flute. singing really built my confidence for me it taught me how amazing a person can be at one thing and how I can pursue my passions and then from there I learned the flute because I needed to choose a band instrument and that was like it’s gonna be the flu patient I am gonna be the flu but I was really sad to let go of singing because singing was kind of the first thing that truly fell in love with and I didn’t know it then that it was passion but like I just felt something for it right but with the flute I’ve also experienced many successes and failures and I think playing the flute has helped me grow as a person and also taught me how to express my thoughts in a different manner um I when I first started playing the flute I was like. shocked at myself because I started winning competitions I got to play Carnegie Hall three times I hummed in many different places here in Singapore like the National Museum in front of the president like in front of Prime Minister I was like wow I’m fourteen thirteen fifty nine I’m playing one of these people I was. amazing myself and obviously with that comes self-confidence we just boost right I’m like wow I’m amazing but out. that mindset helped me learn something in by myself because I did a practice for this one competition that I was like I’m to make it like I make every competition I’m gonna make this one too and I didn’t and it broke me because everybody around me who was you know I’m supposed to be you know worse than me made Nitin and and kids being kids right I was 13 back thousand eighth grade and they were just making fun of me they’re like oh my god you’re. bad at the flute that is when I realize you know that really helped me kind of humble myself and stop judging other people when to focus on myself and always try my best for anything because I never know what’s gonna hop in. that’s why the food is really important to me but also because it helps me express myself in a different way when I talk to people I’m gonna get a response back right whatever I say many thoughts my opinions it’s all gonna get judged but music music isn’t judged music I just play it the way that I interpret it and people just listen. that’s what I really like about music that I can express myself and it’s just it just calms me down. when I get into college I really hope to not give this up and if I can’t play in a band then I just want to play by myself I just want to keep this going I don’t want to give up the flute I want to give up music that’s just a really big part of my life because it has taught me. much and it’s a way of expressing myself. that’s number one number two is actually my passion for nursing and number three is my nature of being very social and be very extroverted. these two things actually correlate with each other because in the beginning of junior year late sophomore year I was thinking about what career paths might fit mean you know obviously at that time you’re trying to take AP classes you’re thinking about what what career path am I going to choose stem liberal arts you know and I’ve always liked medicine and before the passion for nursing became the passion for nursing it was a passion for medicine no one forced it on me my parents they’re not in the medical field you know they both graduated they fought it counting majors finance majors they double majored in math and chemistry I was like okay like you know nothing to do medicine but I just inherently knew that I want to go into medicine and but the social interaction part I new the job that I chose had to add a lot of social interaction that was a high priority and the first job that came to my mind was and after like doctors interact not only with patients but also with allied health professionals and you’re in such a wide circle and obviously you practice medicine every day right. I like this is a job for me but as I started looking deeper into what a doctor’s role is I started to realize doctors are. busy that they can’t have as deep of a connection as I wanted to have with my patients and. that’s when nursing came up and nursing was the ideal job for me you get to talk to different people and you have a one-to-one connection because you’re always there for the patient right and. that really kind of peeled to me and social interaction obviously every day and you’re also not doing it with patients only you’re also Punk to allied health professionals and even more even a wide variety you know. this this job just suited me and I was like this is job I’m gonna do and. once I decided that that was the job I was gonna do I am very much committed to and I took a class called catalyst and it’s a class where you get to do a project based on whatever you want to do going in I knew I wanted to do something with nursing and I wanted a hands-on experience. I got an internship at times I was in hospital for three days it was called a work experience program and I got to you know track the daily life of a nurse and follow them around the hospital I saw. many things I saw the bad side and the good side of Nursing but at that point I was still sure that I wanted to be a nurse and then I moved on and I bridged all my school and the hospital together. other students could experience the same internship that I did because it was very rare for us to find these internships right.

Unc Supplement

I did and some other students did it too then after that I applied for a job as a healthcare assistant or in the u.s. it’s called the certified nurse’s assistant I think until I applied for that and after a few interviews and sending my resume they told me they gave me a job offer and I was getting $10 an hour mm-hmm and I worked from June of 2018 to August of 20 Dean. that was really interesting and eye-opening kind of it was where my eye opening for me because I saw a lot of details and here in Singapore there is a stereotype that doctors are higher than nurses and kind of nurses are the doctor’s assistant which is not true it’s a stereotype but you know obviously the older generation you know they’re but that was their kind of thinking and obviously were grown now but this year’s episode there and the way they treated nurses sometimes was terrible but all that kind of hard work and labor intensive work although it has. much knowledge in it it’s still labor very labor intensive right that was all worth it when a patient of mine came up to me and told me she was she’s blind and she gave me your phone number and she said call me because I’m getting discharged tomorrow I don’t know if you were working tomorrow and I’m very lonely but you always make me happy when I talk to you that kind of warmth that a person kind of just tells you and just shows you that makes it all worth it that’s like that’s the epitome of why I want to be a nurse right like I wanted social interaction and I wanted to do medicine and that’s just made it all worth it for me like all the hard work with working eight hours a day like standing up changing patients you know turning patients it’s just that was it for me. so just that just reassured me that I was right for the nursing path and you know that’s why I think Nursing is. right for me and that’s why my passion for nursing is still burning because those people are the people that make me wanna be a nurse and that’s why I have a passion for nursing because of those kind of people right and then from there after my internship right now I’m working on a research paper on the attributes of good nurse because I just want to know about the perceptions of what our nurses are in the world. we have people responding all the way from Australia Indonesia Canada you know the US Japan and Korea until I’m planning to submit my abstract October 30 as to the international conference for nursing and happening here in juniper a 19 as of right now my abstract is not done because we’re still in the data collecting process but that is where I’m headed right now for my nursing and my passion for nursing. I really hope by the end of this that I was able to kind of give more insight into Who I am as a person and how how my three passions make up who I am my passion for music gives me an outlet and a way to express myself but has also taught me and built me to the person I am my passion for nursing just it opened my eyes to many different things and the real good and the real bad of society but also it showed me that I really wanted to be a nurse in my social interaction part that really just makes me who I am that’s how I made all my friends that’s how I made all my teachers and that’s how I mean all people in my life and that is also how I found the Korean that I want to go into. thank you. much for listening

Inside Admissions

Inside Admissions

hi I’m Imogen I’m married and it’s two freshmen we know exactly what you’re going through right now we know you guys been working really hard on your application. we thought we would take you inside the admissions office follow us. this is where we’re going to have you guys meet some admissions officers and hopefully get some tips on your applications Meghan Trevor who graduated in 2010 and Eddie are all assistant directors of admissions the we for a wide variety of countries and states emily is an associate director of admissions who works with engineering applications along with dan who is also an associate director of admissions who graduated in 2006 and works with international applications justin is an admissions counselor with the website along with Meredith graduated from Tufts in 2011 and this editor of jumbo magazine this is a long process for everybody involved I know when I was in high school I was very worried about where the application was going in particular like whether somebody was actually physically touching it whether it’s on the screen the entire time how many people read it what physically happens to it after I press submit. we wanted to ask the admissions office to give you a little bit insight into that to hopefully persuade some of this fierce I’m a lot of us read from home and. we’ll sit at home in my desk in my pajama pants and my hoodie sweatshirt which are awesome and pull up your file online a lot of summarizing of everything we see everything in your essays and sometimes how we feel about them but in the context of how we feel about them being a part of Tufts every few files when you get one that you’re like this was like I am going to go to committee and I’m going to fight like tooth and nail for this kid because I love them and that sort of makes it all really worth it. I know when I was writing my application I’m sure you agree um it was really easy to kind of obsess over what the app of the breeders were actually looking for in our applications and kind of thinking how do I come off in this application. we really wanted to ask them just what are they looking for what is your goal when reading my main goal is to unpack the story that’s inside that’s the goal is implicit admit absolutely that’s the goal and which is like a weird and very counterintuitive thing to talk about because the emigrated toughs is one that a five now it we’re denying fortify which is four times as many kids as where it been and. that I think is really counterintuitive for a lot of our applicants to hear that like my goal when I’m opening up I mean I read Baltimore and I read Bangkok and like if I’m opening up an applicant from either of those places the goal is the same build the best possible case I can to admit a student who are you and. being reflective about your life about your experiences about what you’re doing I always tell students is not the what you’re doing but the how and why you’re doing them because I can clearly see what you’re doing but how and why I can’t see that I can’t jump into your mind. when I put down your application I want to feel like I just stepped out of your life um is okay here’s what’s. awesome about the student yeah this is great like here’s four different sides of this person oh my I have a good grasp of what’s happening um the students don’t do. well the students who think there’s something we want to read there’s nothing we want to read I just want to know who you are is this the kind of kid that’s really excited about ideas right to be able to take a stand and express something because I mean I think that’s what part of what makes a community like this dynamic and interesting to be a part of is that you’re surrounded by people that are pushing you just a little bit to think about things differently we’re not asking for answers that are like the campus is pretty the tour was awesome and the academics are hard we want you to be specific and that can be anything from you know Tufts makes me smile to specifically mention classes and professors we just want to know that you’ve done your homework and then the other essays are meant to draw you out a little bit you can’t create new knowledge by saying well how do I not make a mistake and. the group of students you’re looking to enroll in to bring to a place like this that can further than academic mission are the kind of students who are capable of making mistakes and at the same time capable of not making mistakes right and but if you it looked to admit the kid instead of looking to deny a kid you end up with the students that will expand the sphere instead of the students that will turn in their homework and get A’s without ever actually forcing their professors to consider their ideas. you don’t just want perfect grade a get cigarettes you want someone who’s a figure who will challenge ideas yeah I mean you know the kids in your high school who got the best grades some of them were probably the ones that you would be the most excited to sit in a class with and some of them were also probably horrific ly boring people does the word count matter. the word count the worker only matters if I notice that you’ve really gone over you know I never ever ever count but if we say you know write a 250 word supplement and I’m reading five paragraph that’s obviously that 250 words and. it’s more of a guiding the guiding principle but not like a here’s the law do the admissions offices actually check Facebook when reading applications do you check facebook after reading thousands of applications in the season from people all over the world with different backgrounds we wanted to know whether they actually learn anything from what they’re reading I have learned that pogo-sticking is a sport it’s just doing sounds like an extreme sport books that students will reference or talk about movies that I don’t necessarily know and I can get what I need to know about them from the essay. it’s not as if I need to go find them immediately but um there are often times where it’s like that’s where my summer book list comes from is things that students have talked about learn. many words one like synesthesia the last year I had maybe 10 students who talked about um seeing things as colors and the numbers colors or words as colors I was like that’s really different oh that’s interesting and no idea what a 4-h club was until about three hours ago when I googled it even a year out of high school I know there’s. much advice I would still give myself and do give a lot of my senior friends but we wanted to Aussie emission services if they’d have any advice they want to give themselves this is an incredibly personal process and you’ll see that even their answers differ I would have given myself. much advice to be empowered to think of the things I was doing we’re cool because it seems like when you’re not doing the most unique thing you’ve ever heard of it seems less important but I think that couldn’t be farther from the truth what makes it interesting is what you do what you pair it with and the attitude you take to it. they are interesting and what’s interesting about is what you bring to it as opposed to how it defines is my colleague justin has a really good piece of advice he always says I love your list and he told me that after I started working here and all of a sudden it was like click like of course I knew that anywhere I got him from safety school to a reach school and anywhere in between would be somewhere I’d be happy and that made all the difference. that’s sort of like when I get asked about advice if that’s the best human-to-human advice I can give. we hope that that gave you guys some things to think about while you’re writing applications good luck with everything and we really hope to see you next 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