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Greg Lidrbauch Shares His First Week at Oxford

St. Anne's Oxford Campus

St. Anne’s College at Oxford Campus

One of my goals with study abroad was to expand my learning in a way that I wouldn’t easily be able to do in the US or at GW. My first instinct was to study abroad in a country where I would be able to improve my Spanish skills and hopefully become fluent after studying the language on and off since 6th grade. While this was a worthy goal and something that definitely would have challenged me and helped me grow, I decided to give up a semester in Latin America for a different kind of experience.

The London Eye

The London Eye

 

 

 

Upon requesting letters of recommendation from professors, I was surprised to not universally get the advice I had expected; rather than exclusively applaud my decision to try to learn Spanish, some professors challenged me to think about what study abroad could mean to me educationally, not just culturally. As one professor put it, it is easy to go visit a country for several weeks and see the area and experiment with the language, but it can be more valuable to seek a whole different kind of experience altogether. My decision ultimately came down to studying in Argentina with the IBUS program or studying economics at Oxford. Although I certainly would have gained language skills in Argentina, I hope to encounter a whole new style of learning at Oxford.

Greg's Dorm Room

Greg’s Dorm Room

Although I have only been here for 5 days, I have already begun to get settled and make friends both with students from the US studying abroad like myself, and with Oxford students who will be at St Anne’s College for their entire college experience. After finding out I was assigned one of the smallest rooms on campus (it is in fact famous, and quite the attraction for students in my hall), I recovered, and have started to enjoy all that Oxford has to offer.

Radcliffe Camera (Reading Room of the Bodleian Library)

Radcliffe Camera (Reading Room of the Bodleian Library)

Despite not having formally begun classes yet, I have had a chance to observe some of the famous architecture that makes up this university, and the more I see, the more I can understand why this university was featured as a location for certain parts of the Harry Potter films. Upon receiving reading lists and syllabi, I also have begun to learn about the academic rigor that comes along with attending this university. This week is my first of attending class in the tutorial system, and I will be sure to report back soon with more information and details as they emerge!

Gregory Lidrbauch is a GWSB Junior in the Honors Program and studying Finance.  He also serves as a GWSB Ambassador.  To read more about GW’s study abroad program to St. Anne’s College at University of Oxford click here

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