Hello. My name is Anneliese and I am enrolled in a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts (Writing & Creative Communication) at the University of Adelaide. I went on the Oxford English Literature Summer School in 2015.
As of present, I’ve just finished my double degree and am currently a Communications Officer/Admin Assistant for the University of South Australia .
I absolutely love travelling so the opportunity this program gave me to travel around and see another part of the world was definitely one of the highlights. I just have so many! For example, history was a big one; living in a college from the 1300s and studying in a library that was built while Henry V was alive. It’s just incredible and even now I can’t believe I was so lucky to be able to do it.
The friends I made is also one of the greatest parts of the program. I became so close with other students from around the world in just three short weeks and we still talk every day and plan on visiting one another soon. I’m so glad I got to meet such amazing people and share my experiences with them.
I would absolutely love to go back and do it again, if I had the chance! I’ve actually started applying to different universities in the UK and in Ireland for postgraduate study because I loved England so much and what I studied while over there. The three weeks of the program went by so fast, it would be amazing to be able to do it again and have the chance to see all the things I missed out on!
Before the program began I had already spent a month travelling around the UK, so I had become very accustomed to the culture and way of life (and the unpredictable weather), so what surprised me the most when I got to Oxford was learning the style of education that was taught there. It is so different to back home- during a four year degree the students don’t have tutorials or lectures, but a supervisor who they visit every now and again to show their work- it’s very self-guided! I was also surprised and in awe for the whole two months I was in the UK at the amount of history that existed, especially coming from Australia. The fact that you can walk through buildings that are over one thousand years old is just incredible.
My tip to any students going to Oxford, or anywhere really, is to take advantage of every opportunity. Say yes to everything! You have to be smart and stay safe because you’re in a new country, but if there’s the opportunity to go exploring between classes or to do anything to enrich your experience, go for it, because those memories last forever and your time there goes a lot faster than you think it will.
Do it! Even if it sounds scary or too hard to achieve, just go for it. Studying overseas is one of the best things you could possibly do while at university. I was on a semester long exchange in America before I went to Oxford for the English Literature program, and I am so glad and grateful for those opportunities. This year has really been one of the best of my life and it’s all because of studying overseas. I really recommend it to everyone, and it’s so easy to apply and organise through AIM Overseas. They made everything so easy and were a great support the whole way through.