Emma Watson really is “studying abroad” at Oxford, she’s enrolled there now


I’m eating my words, happily. Go ahead and tell me I’m full of it, that I’m a lying liar made of lies, soaking in a bath full of lies and eating lie tiramisu and drinking lie-filled Chardonnay. As it turns out, I was wrong about Emma Watson. And I’m thrilled that I was wrong about her. In the Spring of this year, Emma announced that she was going to be “taking a break” from university – she was finishing up her second year at Brown, and I believe that she didn’t complete her Spring semester, because she got work from Lancome and she went to shoot a movie. I was very suspicious of Emma’s decision to “take a break” because A) Her story kept changing and B) She seemed more concerned with partying and having fun, all while maintaining her “good, studious girl” persona.

Then, a few months ago, Emma’s story changed once again, and suddenly she was no longer taking a break, but she was “transferring” or doing a semester or a year abroad at Oxford. I was suspicious of that too, and I figured that we would eventually get an announcement that Emma had decided to “study abroad” too late, and that there was a paperwork mix-up and she never did enroll in Oxford. But I was wrong! Mea culpa. She’s actually at Oxford right now! She sent a message to her fans on her blog:

To Everyone who is starting a New School Year, (sorry those who have been at school for a while Oxford starts late)

Just to say have a great term and good luck with all your work.

You might not hear from me for a while because I will be really busy studying but I wanted to just say hi and bye : )

Hope you all like ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and i’ll keep you posted on ‘Perks’.

Love Emma xx

[From Emma’s Blog]

Should I eat sh-t some more? I’m sorry. All of you Emma-defenders were right! She’s a good girl. She’s studious. She takes her education seriously. I was wrong to question her. (Was I? Meh.)



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  1. Flan says:

    Good for her.

    A lot of trash that plans to have babies at an early age without being able to take care for them should learn from her example.

  2. serena says:

    Uh yeah eat your lies lol.
    Maybe it’s because she got a boyfriend (is he english) that she’s so happy and focused. Good for her, I’m glad she didn’t disappoint me.

  3. N.D. says:

    Isn’t it Brown that’s “abroad” for her since she’s British? I think it’s good idea to get back closer to home, family, childhood friends etc, I think she just didn’t like it much at States after all.

  4. Nonny says:

    I’m confused. I mean its great and everythingt that she is doing her degree and getting an education. Maybe I’m just lazy but why bother? It’s not like she needs a degree to get a job and support herself in the future which is why most people do it…to make you more employable and give you better propspects. Bit pretentious if you ask me….not that you did!

  5. Acorn Paste says:

    She’s at Worcester College.

  6. Sloane Wyatt says:

    @Nonny: Do you think people who like to go to college for the fun of learning and enjoy being educated are pretentious?

    *shakes head*

    (Maybe I misinterpreted what you said?)

  7. Toto850 says:

    Maybe I was wrong, but didn’t rumours say that she got bullied at Brown? Hence why she dropped out?

  8. normades says:

    Too late, damage has already been done…I am over her.

  9. Dawning Red says:

    She really IS the Anti-Lohan!

  10. almond says:

    @ Nonny If I had her money I’d spend all my time in seminars and doing research. How is that pretentious? To want to do what you like most is something few people ever have a chance to. To do nothing for the rest of your life just because you’re rich sounds like the most boring thing ever. But I accept that there are such people out there. What can I say? De gustibus.

    As an unrelated sidenote, my Persian’s name is Noni.

  11. Auds says:

    She is better off at Oxford than Brown.

  12. Emma says:

    @Nonny. I think that is a pretty backwards way of thinking. Not everyone who attends college or goes through education is doing it solely to become employed. Some people just want to learn,expand their minds – even if they don’t necessarily “need” that education. It’s like people who study years in post-grad, taking a cut in pay to do so. It’s because of the passion and desire. Far more respectable than the small mindedness of those who find it worthless. /rant over

    YAY Emma!

  13. birdie says:

    I love her! She is truly a role model. Go Emma!

  14. Liz says:

    yeah, Oxford is a pretty serious University. Good for her. (little envious :)

  15. ladylala says:

    Girl is at Oxford University, hell yeah she is taking her education seriously! Good for her!!

  16. taylor says:

    Kaiser, I don’t think you were wrong to question her, because it was all starting to sound a little off, but it’s so nice of you to admit you were wrong. And I’m glad I was, too. It’s great that she’s still in school and I hope she graduates.

  17. buo says:

    You are full of it, you’re a lying liar made of lies, soaking in a bath full of lies and eating lie tiramisu and drinking lie-filled Chardonnay.

  18. Ell says:

    I’m not surprised, she’s always appeared to be one of the more grounded child actors. She must be super intelligent, Oxford is the cream of the crop in the UK.

    I can’t believe anyone would question someone’s motives in going to university, most people would grab the chance to learn in a place like Oxford.

  19. Reece says:

    Good for her! Oxford, I’m entirely jealous.

    You admitted that you’re wrong. Apology accepted. lol

  20. danielle says:

    Even if she did take a break, there is something to be said for striking while the iron’s hot, or something like that. How about taking the money and running? (That’s what I’d do – cash it, and then when I’m not such a hot commodity live in sweats and go back to school, lol!)

  21. Lila says:

    It is a little off. I did the same program (junior year abroad at Oxford and was at Wadham College) and I had to apply for the program in November/December. Some other poster mentioned ages ago that she also did the same thing as I did and that it sounded fishy to her also. As far as I know, all study abroad programs at Oxford, including the college she is at, are extremely competitive and you have to apply way in advance to be accepted. She changed her story a million times and only in late spring was she suddenly “accepted” to do a year abroad. Normally, someone would have found out their acceptance at a earlier date. Strings were clearly pulled and that irritates me because someone who followed all the rules and applied during the right time lost out on a great opportunity. That said, I’m glad she is doing something worthwhile despite the circumstances.

  22. Day says:

    Wait did I miss something here? Since when does partying and having fun mean you aren’t studious/good? Everybody in college likes to kick back and have fun. Work harder, play hard is my motto. Just because I go out every weekend it doesn’t mean I am not keeping up with my studies and doing my work.

    And, I just don’t get some people. If a rich person is sitting back enjoying their millions, not doing much else, they are lazy, assholes; but, when a person actually does something besides being rich, they are being pretentious. These celebrities can’t win for losing with some of y’all.

  23. Lairen says:

    Yay, good for her! And I won’t say I told you so, I promise. ;)

  24. Ashley says:

    I’m so glad my girl pulled through for me!

  25. Yasmine says:

    Sure, I was wrong, along with Kaiser, and she DID go back to university in some shape or form. Still, I cannot give her credit where it’s due (my response like Kaiser is also: meh). In the grand scheme of things, the way she handled the past few months (changing story, backtracking, etc…) made me lose a great deal of respect for her. Before all this Brown-drop out fiasco, I had admired how she seemed uniquely intelligent with high standards for herself and what she demanded from the world – something outside the typical and vapid ‘celebrity.’ THAT, I think, was the big mistake on my part. She was just one of those personalities I couldn’t help but genuinely like and want the best for.

  26. kikay says:

    No movie offers?Back to school for now,believe me,as soon as somebody offer her a role even as a mascot in a movie she’ll leave school again.

  27. almond says:

    @ Lila As far as I know, the universities’ process of admission for foreign students is much more convoluted and slow. At least, that’s the way of it in France and Germany. But for the students who are not foreign the process is a lot simpler and quicker. For comparison, the foreign student has to apply in March -sometimes as early as January, while the native applies in July. Of course, it’s very possible that she had strings pulled to get her in this year.

  28. okeydokey says:

    She applied awhile ago, had intended on going after her semester off, and was accepted. She’s not studying abroad, she FROM England.

  29. Me says:

    My guess is, that she did get bullied, didn’t want to suffer for 4 years, and did the right thing, left, and after some time of gaining back her confidence, went to a different school.

    Good for her, and even though, she could have been an inspiration for kids who got bullied, but felt ashamed to talk about it in public, it’s nice to see she found her place and can move on with her education.

  30. Lucinda says:

    Wait a minute. You people lost respect for a famous teenager because she acted flaky for a few months? I think often we forget how young these kids are. At 20 I was one of the more responsible of my peers and I still bounced around between colleges for a while. Good on her for going back to school when she really doesn’t need to. I hope she does well.

  31. taxi says:

    Emma is rich enough to never have to work another day as long as she lives.

    It’s hard to believe that she was “bullied” at Brown. Because she’s rich & famous? Because she isn’t poor & ugly? Because she doesn’t have to scrape cafeteria plates after school?

  32. smh says:

    umm isn’t Oxford a better option than Brown college? No offense, just from what I heard. Maybe she wanted to be closer to her family and friends and a better education. Besides if I had her kind of money I would get at least two graduate degrees, for fun hehe

  33. I’m happy for her, and I’m really not too surprised.

    Glad you had the decency to apologize too- I think people were pretty unfair about such a little thing. Taking a semester off to work is not such a train-wreck big deal, and I really don’t understand why people were acting like it was wild or somehow a “fiasco.” Why is it some people seem to want to see people fail?

  34. Mabelle says:

    She’s at Oxford….for now….It’s only been a week a two right? Let’s see if she finishes the semester, then the year, and if she even goes back to Brown.

  35. bettyrose says:

    I’m rarely envious of celebrities because they’re not real to me and that lifestyle isn’t appealing (the money, yes, but the insanity of it all, no), but it’s my dream to have nothing to do but kick around reading literature and having fascinating discussions with interesting people at a place like Oxford. Let’s see some pap pics of her walking through fall leaves in tweed attire carrying an arm full of books. Sigh.

  36. jenna says:

    Well unlike Jodie Foster who went away to Yale and came back and had a big career, Emily Watson was never a good actress anyway. So I don’t care about seeing her take time from college and then coming back to acting. She could do something else for all I care. Harry Potter is over.

  37. Nat says:

    Of course she’s going back to school she has no talent and she’s not getting roles. Besides that one she got in the perks ( it’s from a book for teens ) and that shitty role they gave her in the Marilyn Monroe, movie noone cares about her as an actress she’s just the cute girl.

    So yeah good for her to go back to school .Smart move

  38. Angel says:

    This is a non story for me because I never doubted for a second she’d go back once she said she would. So … whatever to that bit.

    good for you for (kind of) admitting you were full of it, though! :D

  39. Dizzy says:

    I went to university for interest and learning. I don’t regret it at all, for years I had a job that required my 2 degrees but now I work in a job that requires no degree (just bilingualism) and I’m very happy. University is not just for getting a job

  40. Aly says:

    If possible I would take classes for the rest of my life.

  41. Embee says:

    Wait, is she doing a “year abroad” as a Brown student, and has selected to do the “study abroad” year in her home country? Or did she drop out of Brown and enroll in a different uni? I’m not clear on all that.

    Doesn’t really matter, She has a lot on her plate and prioritizing her education is extremely sensible.

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  43. Kaotic says:

    It wouldn’t matter if she was taking her education seriously or not. She has enough money to live on for the rest of her life! She deserves a lot of respect that she actually does want to be educated and not live off the money she made in Harry Potter. I love her.

  44. Jack says:

    So… she left Oxford before finishing the year back in March:


    That’s twice she’s dropped out/deferred/what-have-you