Oxford changed my life! Past Review

By (Brigham Young University) - abroad from 06/10/2013 to 06/21/2013 with

Brigham Young University: The United Kingdom - Oxford Seminar

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The Oxford program was inspiring. From the moment I arrived, I felt an energy within the group. Everyone had different passions and backgrounds, but we were all united in wanting to use our talents to change the world. But it wasn’t just the group; it was the place. There is a depth to Oxford that is hard to put into words. As we learned about its history and the many great discoveries and accomplishments that were made there, we couldn’t help but feel the potential within ourselves. Anything was possible. And so when we started our group projects, we were very excited. We had a lot of fun throwing around ideas about how we could create a social venture. It was hard and the problems were complex, but we struggled through and learned a lot. Did we solve the world’s problems overnight? No. But the excitement and hope I felt will always stay with me. It made me believe that problems could be solved with hard work, determination, and eager minds. I hope to maintain the friendships I made and keep making plans to change the world! Aside from our projects, we had many opportunities to hear inspiring words in areas such as philosophy, history, and religion. These lectures had just as much of an impact on me as those focused on entrepreneurship. They put into context the kind of leader and man I should be. They made me want to be more informed about the world, its history, and my own place in it. I felt that history and the humanities should never be separated from other realms of knowledge. They really do inspire the best in every field. Oxford taught me that there is much to be gained from interdisciplinary learning. If you continually surround yourself with those that think like you, you are never challenged to see another point of view. Life gradually becomes the same. But when I was surrounded by people outside of my discipline, I was constantly faced with new ideas and new ways to think about my own field of study. I wish that all university settings gave me such an opportunity to broaden my thinking.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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* Overall educational experience

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* Host Country Program Administration

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

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* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 0


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Being in Oxford
  • Being with inspiring people
  • Hearing from Clayton Christensen
* What could be improved?
  • More free time to explore Oxford
  • Fewer lectures
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I'd known that they really would have preferred us to be in shirts and ties. We asked, but the answers were vague and when I got there one of the directors seemed like he wished we were.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!