Alumni Spotlight: Heidi


Heidi is currently a sophomore at a high school called the American School in Taichung, Taiwan. Although only a sophomore, she has determined that her major in college will be Architecture. Therefore, her mother wants her to travel around the world and learn from other cultures in order to gain more knowledge for future inspiration. However, Heidi is very interested with history as well, enlightened by the recent movie The King's Speech

Why did you decide to study abroad with Oxford Summer Academy in English?

At first, I didn't want to attend this summer program, but then, I thought about how I had neither been to England nor attended an English summer camp, so why don't I give it a try? Besides, Oxford is really famous for its colleges, and I believed it would be a great honor to attend this summer program. Also, since I attend American school, I thought it would be really cool to experience an "English education."

What made this summer abroad experience unique and special?

The tutors were really great at teaching the courses. Also, we were allowed to explore Oxford on our lunch breaks. The campus architecture was also amazing, and it really inspired people to want to go to the college. While the schedules arranged for us was a little bit to tight, we had a chance to experience the city. Lastly, the director was enthusiastic and showed us around his old college (giving a history lesson along the way). This experience was truly meaningful and very different from other summer programs.

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, etc.).

I became interested in the history of Great Britain, it's worth it to tour the city and learn about its past. Also, by traveling abroad alone, I learned how to live without my parents and familiar environments around me. I felt more independent. I did things that I would not do according to my personality. As I listened to the director talking about his experiences, it inspired me to study harder and made me want to go to a "good" college.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering studying abroad in England?

England is an excellent place to study and travel, but things might be a bit pricey, so be wary of your finances!