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Shane Savitsky

This Column Is Ironic: And I Would Walk 5,335 Miles…Ba Da Da Da

On Wednesday morning, I woke up here in Oxford to a Facebook feed filled with friends excitedly discussing their housing assignments for next year. Super thrilling, right? With time differences, I had figured I probably wouldn’t see my housing assignment until Wednesday night -- at best. Thank God for technical glitches from the Housing department.

This Column Is Ironic: Apparently, Oxford Is a Good School

Everybody lied to me, guys. For years, I had heard about how going abroad was supposed to be an easy GPA boost, no work and partying every night. Problem is, I’m here in Oxford and I’ve probably done more work in four weeks than a usual quarter back on the Farm. A wise, wise man once wrote, “Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard.” I think that certainly holds true in this case.

This Column Is Ironic: America, **** Yeah!

Wolfram Alpha tells me that I’m currently 3,457 miles from my home in Scranton, Pennsylvania and that I’m 5,335 miles from that glorious Farm that you all inhabit right now. Needless to say, I should be living the Oxford life. And in a way, I definitely am. I think I had a pretty quintessential English weekend -- or at least I tried to.

This Column Is Ironic: I’m Studying Abroad Because of Emma Watson

When people ask me why I wanted to study abroad in Oxford, I can give them a variety of reasons -- namely, the incredible academics, the perfect setting and the multitude of extracurricular opportunities here. Or maybe because Oxford was founded in 1167, making it something like seven times older than good ol’ Stanny U. Or maybe it’s the fantastic architecture and incredible scenery. Obviously, I came here for all those things, but that’s not really why I came here. Stanford likes to tout the academics of its study abroad programs and whatnot (especially Oxford), but forget that. Those aspects aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things.

This Column Is Ironic: Jobless in Palo Alto (Where’s Tom Hanks When You Need Him?)

Spring break is finally over for me, guys! Yesterday was my return to the humdrum life of class. Granted, my class was on British rock music and I’m in Oxford, so I think things are pretty good. (Let’s talk next week when I have to read three books and write a paper for my tutorial, okay?) Plus, the weather in Oxford this week is warmer than at Stanford. I need to enjoy this while I can. I kind of think this first week is something like vacation for me. I need it. Even with jaunts to Denmark and a lot of Netflix in my life, my extended break was pretty stressful. You see, April of my junior year has rolled around and I still don’t have a great job for the summer.

This Column Is Ironic: Tiger, You’ve Earned Stanford’s Love

Will this spring break never end? I never thought I’d say it, but I might be ready to write papers again. I’m told I’ll be doing plenty of that in Oxford. I can only take so many days of lounging around and catching up on 30 Rock on Netflix before the days start to blur together. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the ability to jet off to Europe this weekend to stave off boredom. However, I had something even better than excessive travel to keep me busy: the Masters.

This Column Is Ironic: Paradise Lost (But Only Temporarily)

This is the last edition of “This Column Is Ironic” you’ll read that was written on the Farm. Scary, isn’t it? Sadly, my ever-prolific course load of political science papers precludes me from barraging you with wit during our Dead Week issue. (I promise you, political science actually requires me to do some work.) When The Daily resumes in spring quarter, I won’t be here. Instead, I’ll be living it up at home in Scranton, Pennsylvania for a few weeks until I begin my quarter abroad. That’s right, guys: I’m going to Oxford, and you’re coming with me.

This Column Is Ironic: Hi, Mom!

Ah, yes, the time each year when our beautiful little Stanford bubble gets popped for a few days so our parents can experience the fun and relaxation of The Farm. Stanford organizes a bunch of cutesy events for our parents to attend and finishes the whole grand gesture by making sure to ask them for even more money. You know, on top of the $55,000 they already pay annually to send us here.

This Column Is Ironic: Midterm-inally Ill? Some Prescriptions to Avoid Your Work

That time of the quarter we all dread is in full swing again: midterm season. Instead of being allowed to enjoy our privileged lives, professors are actually forcing us to do work. I don’t know about you, but I’m staring down a slew of papers and exams right now. (Can someone please tell Econ 1B that scheduling exams two weeks apart is just sadistic?) Luckily, I’m here to offer you a variety of options to help you to survive this latest round of midterms.

Shane’s (Preemptive) Award for Best Twitter Account of 2011

You know from my column a few weeks ago that I love Twitter. If that wasn’t enough to make you join, I thought I’d use this space to tell you about one of my favorite new Twitter feeds. It’s the account of Rahm Emanuel (@MayorEmanuel), former Chief of Staff to Barack Obama, current Chicago mayoral…

This Column Is Ironic: OMGeorge!

On Monday night, I found myself in Cubberley Auditorium with 400 of my closest friends to see George Clooney up close and personal. All of the ladies around me gabbed about his chiseled features and his perfect body. I have to admit: there wasn’t a hair out of place...
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