|The bicycle population has doubled in|
the past three days and Trinity College
gates are wide open as the students start
unloading and the parents begin their goodbyes.
|Cars line up to deposit students as they begin their studies at Trinity.|
|A lone policeman directing cars and bicycles on Broad Street,|
as thousands of new students converge on the city centre.
|Cars, parents, and freshers line Holywell Street today, in front of New College.|
It's such a tender moment, watching this every year, and I just want to go hug each and every parent and tell them it will get better and the separation does get easier to bear. But they're British and I'm American and one just doesn't do such things here. So I silently say a little prayer for them all. For the parents who will do the same thing in reverse in December, and for the students, and I wonder which of them will be the next Hugh Grant or Kate Beckinsale (New College grads), David Cameron or Boris Johnson (Brasenose and Balliol), Tim Berners-Lee (Queen's College and the inventor of the world wide web), T.S. Eliot ( poet and Merton College), Stephen Hawking (University College), or Rachel Maddow from MSNBC (Lincoln College). All that brain power within a couple of square miles and you can see why Oxford feels airborne this morning.
|Future Hugh Grants and Kate Beckinsales |
arriving for their first year at New College.