What I Did in Oxford
Major: International Relations
Past Oxford Student Ambassadors
Komal Kumar (Political Science)
I wanted to supplement my studies of South Asia through the Oxford tutorial system. To further develop my ideas and writing about modern South Asian history and politics, I wanted to challenge myself with enriching academic engagements with an expert in the field. I am also deeply interested in understanding the South Asian diasporas across the globe and hoped to engage in South Asian cultural and political spaces in the UK. I am fascinated by historical cities, so I was excited about exploring Oxford and understanding its culture and positionality through time.
Natassia Walley (History)
Oxford's tutorial-based learning format really appealed to me, as I had been craving the chance to explore and contemplate the nuances of a given historical period, instead of balancing 3-4 demanding classes. The humanities-focused culture I had heard was quintessentially “Oxford” also excited me, as Stanford can feel very STEM dominated at times. I was (and still am) very interested in histories of colonialism and was excited to engage with the scholarship on British colonialism in the country from which it originated.
One of the benefits of the Oxford program is the flexibility of the tutorial system. Each student is paired with a tutor who specializes in the field they are interested in studying. At the start of the quarter, I had the chance to sit down with my tutor to craft a reading list and curriculum that encompassed a lot of the topics I wanted to cover during my time at Oxford.
You get a chance to dedicate yourself to the questions, issues, and ideas you care most about. The tutorial you choose becomes your entire life- you study it, live it, breathe it.
Josh Cobler - Winter and Spring 2018-19
The most meaningful part of my Oxford experience was making friends at Oxford, many of whom I still keep up with on a daily or weekly basis. It's especially exciting to know that I have life-long friends all over England and Scotland who I'll always feel comfortable reaching out to when our paths cross again.