by Alessia Saggio

Hello everybody,

If you were wondering where I ended up (but also if you weren’t), I’m happy to let you know that I’m in Oxford since two weeks! I joined Cecilia who’s based here and also Giles joined us some days ago.

In these two weeks I’ve been working on the implementation of MoMEMta for the pp→HH→4b jets process since we want to use it as a discriminator between this signal and the associated QCD background. It’s almost ready, and now we can go on with the generation of the Monte Carlo samples. I felt very comfortable working with Cecilia and I’m sure it’ll be the same with Giles: working together is always a good chance to learn new things.

This city is just amazing. It’s not something that you can find in other European Universities. Here every student belongs to a certain college, providing the basis for new friendships or, in most of the cases, to something close to another family. They usually have lunch and dinner together, they do social activities and sometimes they share the rooms.

This is not common use outside the UK, and personally I find this way of living the years of University really fascinating. They grow up together, developing a sense of belonging and learning how to live in a community. I’m not pretending that in the rest of the Universities this doesn’t happen, but for sure the students of the college experience the social life more directly than abroad.

Today Daniela invited us to have lunch with her in her College (Brasenose College). We have to thank her a lot: we had an amazing lunch in a wonderful room and a very good coffee in the Senior Hall. Have a look at the pictures below! I’m really happy I was given the opportunity to live the experience of the college, even if just for one day!