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What’s it like to study at Oxford?

From a friend: At school people would beat me at pool, but at least I was smarter than them. Here, people still beat me at pool, but now they’re smarter than me too. That’s what it’s like for most people at Oxford. You used to be one of the best — now you feel extremely average. That …

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Critics

Imagine having your work crushed by Wolfgang Pauli (Nobel Prize-winning physicist): [That’s] so bad, it’s not even wrong Thankfully I don’t know many Nobel Prize-winning physicists. Tough crowd. There are plenty of other critics around – people who think my ideas are silly, or that my projects are dumb, or that my blog posts are …

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So I applied to be an astronaut

My life’s ambition is to go into space, so a few years ago I applied to be an astronaut. At the time anyone could apply to ESA (the European Space Agency), so I went to the doc and to the hospital, had a bunch of tests done, filled out the application form and sent it …

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I quit 200 hours too late

One day I woke up and realised I had wasted 200 hours of my life. 200 hours! I’d spent two years trying to brighten up nearby high streets by getting local artists to redecorate the shutters of closed shops. Total number of shutters decorated: 0. I thought I’d lined everything up: the local council, the …

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How I lost £1,500 when I was 23

I lost £1,500 when I was 23. I spent it on a website called whatsitliketo.com – a Wikipedia for experiences. I did everything: I made a limited company (I started putting ‘Todd Green, Director’ at the bottom of my emails, that felt good), got a registered address, set up a business bank account, got an …

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