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What degree are you currently doing, and what stage are you at in your degree?
I just finished my Junior Year Abroad studying Experimental Psychology. I will be completing my Psychology major at Barnard College next Spring.
What is the biggest/most important thing that you have learned during your time at Pembroke?
The most important thing I learned during my year at Pembroke was how to become a more critical reader of scientific research.
What would you like to do when you finish your degree? Or, if you already have something in place, please describe it!
I plan to attend Law School in the future, but I am also hoping that I will have the opportunity to return to Oxford to obtain a Master's degree. When I complete my education I plan to work for the U.S. Government as a public servant.
What has been the highlight of your time at Pembroke / Oxford?
I am not sure that I could pick a single highlight, although they all revolve around the community fostered at Pembroke. One of the highlights of my week was the 'Psychology Lunch' we held at Pembroke every Friday, which helped to bring together Psychology students from all years. I also became involved in rowing while at Pembroke, which allowed me to feel like a part of the college in a way that I did not think was possible as a visiting student. (I definitely have strong Pembroke pride!)
Was there anything that surprised you about Pembroke / Oxford in your first year here?
The experience of a tutorial surprised me a lot. I was very intimidated by the idea at first, but I was happy to find that it was not the interrogation I had expected. The tutors want you to succeed and gain an in-depth understanding of each topic. The tutorials will help you understand anything that was unclear in the lectures or readings, and help you to formulate a solid argument (on paper and in person).
Any advice for prospective students?
My advice for prospective visiting students is to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of your tutors. Learn about what they are researching or what they specialize in and, if you have a shared interest, ask how you can be involved!
To all potential visiting students worried about leaving their home universities for an entire year, I want to tell you that you can easily complete the requirements for your major and stay on track to graduate on time while attending Oxford.
I also want to let you know that even though visiting students are warned that the late finishing date of Trinity term may prevent you from obtaining a summer internship in the U.S., coming to Pembroke is worth it! Additionally, many organizations will be flexible with their starting dates. Personally, I was able to find a position that appreciated the work I had completed at Oxford, and was more than willing to allow me to begin my internship after the start of the regular summer period. Of course, there is always the opportunity to stay in the U.K. as well!