Oxford Semester Abroad – Kaushal Vaddiraj

(Tom Quad at Christ Church in Oxford. Photo courtesy of Toby Ord.)
(Tom Quad at Christ Church in Oxford. Photo courtesy of Toby Ord.)

The University of Oxford and its tutorial system are world renowned and the prospect of learning at one of the oldest universities in the world is hard to pass up. The Honors Program sends three students every semester to learn under the tutorial system where you are paired up with an Oxford Don to study and research a subject of your choice. I was expected to write a paper and defend my stance on a particular topic orally with the Don each week. This one-on-one educational setting is as incredibly rewarding as it is strenuous, and instilled in me the work ethic needed to do research independently and produce high quality work, week in and week out. In addition, interacting with students from other disciplines and cultures broadened my perspective on a variety of issues and taught me the virtues of debating with respect.

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