I am so grateful to the University of Tampa for providing me with the opportunity to study at Oxford University. I had heard great things about this programme but my experience for the last few weeks has exceeded any and all expectations. My housemates are wonderful and we’re from five different countries!
My college is Christ Church and it is more like a castle or a fort than a college – it is massive and gorgeous!
As someone who is very involved on UT’s campus, I had to seek involvement opportunities here and I am so excited about being the Campus Director for Hult Prize at Oxford University along with being involved with the Oxford Union, Oxford GlobalMUN and several other organizations. I have also been able to get involved with the local community and interviewed socially conscious entrepreneurs for my Facebook Live Show and continue making new episodes for that here!
And finally, my tutors are exceptional. They are so incredibly intelligent and insightful. I love being surrounded by people who are nerd-birds like me but are also incredibly fun and share my love for traveling! I couldn’t have asked for a better study abroad opportunity.
Thank you, UT!!! And, I might be slightly biased but Tampa is still my favorite place in the entire world!
UT Associate Professor of Music, Bradford Blackburn, recently presented some of his work on electronic music production to the Honors students. Dr. Blackburn detailed some history of electronic music production then performed three pieces for the students, two of which used a theremin. The pieces ranged from a piece using sounds made by water to one heavy on drumbeats. Afterward, students had an opportunity to try out the theremin and learn more about the software Dr. Blackburn uses for his compositions.
Thanks to a connection of UT Professor Shelly Crosby, several UT Honors students along with some of the Honors Program office staff got to visit the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. We learned quite a bit about what the office does, from how many bodies they process in the course of a day (between 5 and 10) to the variety of drugs that are screened by the toxicologists. We even got to witness part of an autopsy. It was an extremely informative visit.
Dr. Kacy Tillman took her Pathways class on a tour of Ybor City. Her class’s theme this year is “Tampa Spaces and Places.” The tour included lessons about the city’s history and lunch at Ulele.
Dr. Kacy Tillman, Associate Director of Honors, recently took her Pathways to Honors students on a history and culture boat tour of Tampa. The tour allows the students to connect the course content with actual locations in Tampa.
On September 27th, Gina Duncan from Equality Florida spoke to UT Honors students. Her presentation focused on how progress towards equality for transgender Americans has been slowed dramatically by the Trump administration.
On September 22nd, Dr. Alisha Gaines, Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University and author of Black for a Day: Fantasies of Race and Empathy, spoke to UT Honors students. Dr. Gaines’s presentation was arranged and sponsored by the Department of English & Writing as a Scholar’s Symposium and was co-sponsored by the Honors Program. Dr. Gaines discussed some of her work examining efforts of White people trying to understand what it means to be Black in America by trying to pass as Black, typically for a very short period of time.