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UGA at Oxford - Franklin Spring Semester (Session II) : Testimonials (Oxford)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
Great friendships were made and amazing academic experiences
— Caroline Bedingfield, Spring 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
I realized how easy it is to get involved with activities I have no experience in (ice-hockey, improv, etc)., and that these experiences will help me connect with new people. The best thing I gained from this program was a great group of friends at Keble, who I plan to keep in touch with. I also learned how to defend my ideas and be intentional with my language, both written and spoken.
— Katherine Henley, Spring 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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The most incredible time of my life. Really fantastic group and staff. Had brilliant tudors and learned so much. I was also able to get into Cambridge for my PhD because of this program!
— Addison Niemeyer, Spring 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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I feel as though I have gained a sort of academic confidence. If anyone had presented me with the details of the workload before this program, I would have considered it impossible. Not only have I been able to surprise myself by being able to do it all, I have learned to value and defend my own opinions on subject matters, even in the presence of some of the world's best professors. I have also learned how to appreciate the free time that I have and how to fill it meaningfully. Students at Oxford do a lot of work, but they also make balancing their lives a priority. It's a community of respect and concern for each other, and though there's a lot of work involved, you never feel as though you're wasting even a second of your time.
— Anna Davis, Spring 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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It is hard to put the things that I learned at Oxford into words, especially so soon after finishing. Obviously, I did learn a lot academically (like how to write a 2000 word paper in 4 hours), but the things I learn far surpass just school work. I learned a lot about independence. My confidence grew as I was thrown into a situation knowing no one and had to adapt. I learned that joy comes from the smallest things in life, like finding a new coffee shop or going on a walk along the river. I learned to be proud of myself for the work I was doing even though my grades did not always reflect that (Oxford grading system is rough). I also learned to say "yes" to more things, and I honestly wouldn't change all the crazy/funny stories that came from being open to new experiences!
— Aston Laird, Spring 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Program Testimonials
I advise prospective students to choose to participate in this program if they are willing to push themselves out of their comfort zones and experience both a new culture and an incredibly effective method of education. If a student is willing to work hard and play hard, this program is for them.
— Katherine Henley, Spring 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Take advantage of every.single.moment. Oxford is beautiful, terrifying, exhilarating and exhausting. Get involved in the societies, and make a small group of friends instead of a larger group of acquaintances.
— Addison Niemeyer, Spring 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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DO IT. Unless you are lazy then DON'T. I promise that if you go into the program with the mindset that you are not just going on vacation, but you are really *studying* while abroad, you will enjoy yourself!! I would go back every semester if I could (can I???). Just do it. Please!!!
— Aston Laird, Spring 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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Looking forward to going back to England and possibly living there
— Rachel Barnette, Spring 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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Since taking Spanish and criminology tutorials and speaking with several UGA Law students I shared the house with, I have realized my passion for language and law. I am in the process of changing majors from PR to linguistics (and potentially international affairs) with intent to attend law school. I am considering pursuing academia in the future and would love to study at Oxford again, whether through UGA or a graduate program. My term at Oxford helped me to realize my interests and that they deserve to be pursued, whether or not they are deemed "beneficial majors" in the states. I will forever be grateful for the UGA at Oxford program for helping me envision the life I would like to lead.
— Katherine Henley, Spring 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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Not to sound completely dramatic, but this program completely changed my life. I've been accepted into a neuroscience DPhil with one of one of the most famous researchers, so will be moving back to England. That's certainly changed my career. Personally, I've also met my current boyfriend who belongs to Merton through joining OUCA, a society at Oxford. I've also joined the varsity fencing team and been coached by the English Olympic coach. It's been incredible, and I can't thank Jamie enough for accepting me.
— Addison Niemeyer, Spring 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Program Testimonials
I would say that the biggest impact this program had on me is evident in my new mentality. This new confidence that I've gained is something I've never felt before, and already I'm seeing changes in my lifestyle back at home. I'm more decisive, active, and bold. I'm not afraid of taking risks, and I don't get hung up on small failures when things don't go right. Not only have I learned to fill my time meaningfully, but I crave having something meaningful to do. I no longer question my ability to face any challenge, which has given me a great peace of mind.
— Anna Davis, Spring 2017