A Semester Abroad

By Faith Aleshire (senior)

When I started college, I had NO plans of studying abroad. I certainly couldn’t move across the world and live for 3 months on my own. But I did. From the gentle pressuring of friends to consider this opportunity (shout out to Regina Rudder), to completely rearranging my junior and senior schedule, and finally realizing this could be a reality for me, I agreed to study at Oxford University for the fall semester of my senior year. Looking back, I can confidently say this was one of the best decisions of my life. I made friends with other Honors students from across the USA and connected with students from around the world who were all soaking in the history surrounding our city of dreaming spires. I was able to travel to other countries, see historic landmarks, and become more independent than I thought possible. While this academic fairytale was incredible, it was not without work. Over the course of the 13 weeks there, students in my program wrote fifteen 7-page essays and one 10-15 page paper. The constant demand to be working was heavy, but all the more inspiring when doing so alongside new friends who had the same interest and dedication to their studies. So, while I never intended this to be part of my life, I am so thankful for that time of growth, personally and academically. I LOVE talking about my time there, so feel free to ask me any questions via e-mail or over coffee now that I’m back state-side!

Radcliffe Camera Library
In front of the Radcliffe Camera Library, where I did most of my studying.


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