Back to SummaryAnne Stake - Student Advisor Profile
ACADEMIC INTERESTS/RESEARCH: Health Policy, International Health
Whether I was sipping on afternoon tea, “punting” on the Thames, or eating feasts in formal halls lined with portraits of alumni like JRR Tolkein, Lewis Carol, Stephen Hawking or even Hugh Grant, my time studying abroad in Oxford was without compare. When I first arrived I knew that I wanted to fully integrate into University life. By the end of my time I found myself travelling to Cambridge to play for the Oxford soccer team, frequenting Bill Clinton’s favorite local pubs, and
attending the college “bops”, the Oxford version of parties. (Of course there was also a bit of time to prepare and attend my academic “tutorial” mixed in as well.) The Oxford Program is unique. It opens the door to an entirely new social, cultural and academic perspective. I came out of my time there only wishing that I could stay longer.
Looking back, my tutorial in Oxford was hands down the most valuable academic experience that I have ever had. At Oxford everyone works with a tutor, or professor, one-on-one. My tutor had worked on groundbreaking development projects in Africa since 1960 and had published numerous books in the field of Medical Anthropology. As she described her experiences, I realized that in the twenty hours that I would spend with her, she could give me an entirely new perspective on international health. In our first two hours of discussion I remember feeling like I had become "an expert" and my tutor and I could have an in depth conversation. I had the freedom to explore whatever topic I was drawn to each week. At Oxford you are never a face in a lecture hall of two hundred.
Oxford is so much more than an opportunity to develop your academic passions, though. It is a chance to be immersed in the oldest and one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world; A world that blends the old with
the new and has a long standing tradition with groundbreaking new innovation. It is a chance to walk along cobbled streets worn down by the shoes of the most famous scholars of our age, a chance to be serenaded by the Oxford chapel choir, or to study in the hallowed halls of the iconic Radcliffe Camera. It is a chance to take a short ride to London to visit the best art museums, rally with fans for professional soccer matches and attend shows in the “West End”. Mostly, it is a chance to be a true “Oxonian”, however you choose to define it.