Oxford – Sofia Cuello

Hello from Oxford! Though far from the sunshine state with its beaches and warm weather, there’s nothing like walking through Oxford on a cool autumn day. I’ve been here for only a few weeks and every moment has been something special, whether it’s my tutorials, where I get to work with experts in the subject, or where I get to meet new people, or walk around this historical city. Oxford Study Abroad Programme (OSAP) has been amazing so far, and I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity.

Though far from my family and friends at UT, I’ve been able to make so many friends and stay occupied every day. I am lucky enough to have found community on the W1 Volleyball team, where I’ve met an awesome group of girls to play some killer volleyball. Everyone in OSAP has been so kind and welcoming as well, and I am so happy to be abroad with this group of people. College events at Oriel are fantastic, and living in Oxford has been incredible. There’s no shortage of restaurants, cafes, and cozy study spots in the city.

Regarding academics here, it’s the most unique way of learning that I have ever experienced. Everything is self-paced; you have to give every tutorial your all to get the most out of it. I have been forced to think in ways that I never have before, and I’ve left every tutorial excited from the discussions we’ve had in the hour. You are genuinely speaking with an expert in your topic who wants to push your thoughts, and all you can do is absorb, learn, and prepare even more for the next tutorial. I’m currently studying biophysics in cardiovascular science and advancements in bioimaging, and it’s all been fascinating.

I’m so excited for the remainder of the term and what is still to come! (p.s., my UTampa scarf is finally getting some use!)

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