Juliana’s Story – Greece J-Term 2019; Oxford Spring 2019
Religion, Global Studies (International Affairs) – Class of 2021

What she would like other students to know:

(1) There is an insane amount of growth that happens when you study away. It looks different for everyone, but everyone grows. (2) Even when I was sick, I tried to get out and experience things. There was only one time I didn’t, and I totally regret not rallying!

A piece of advice to future study away students:

Be present and keep an open mind. You’re only living this moment once. Even if you come back, it won’t be this moment, so don’t waste it. And don’t knock it ’til you try it. It’s okay not to like something or not to be comfortable with something, but try it before you come to that conclusion.

What surprised her about studying away:

I think I surprised myself with the amount of work I was able to get done. In Greece, I studied for quizzes and rehearsed group projects on buses and in vans and ended up with grades I was happy with. In Oxford, I always thought I needed a full week to write a good essay, but with the tutorial system, there wasn’t time for that. I spent four or five days reading, and then wrote my essays in 48 hours. It was sometimes stressful, but I proved to myself that I was able to do it and be proud of the product.

Juliana Andrew
Delphi, Greece; January 2019