Date of Publication: 19 September 2018
Hi, my name is Abigail Roman, and this is how my Oxford Summer Courses experience went. Coming from New York was rough. I had already known that the customs over in England were very different. I had also been restrained with meeting new people since I wasn’t sure about how they would react to meeting me. I’m 12 and I’m constantly changing (as we all are), I didn’t know how they would react to my emotions, from bursts of crazy excitement to times of blankness. But in the end, all my doubts had been proved wrong.
Since day one, being open to new people was still difficult because I didn’t want to reveal too much too soon. I didn’t want to come off too strong. I had been jet-lagged, but immediately as soon as I took steps through the gates, I was in awe. The smell of fresh cut grass reminds you of who might’ve walked on the ground. The taste of cool air on the tip of your tongue refreshes you. The sound of daily rush outside of the gates is silenced as soon as you step on campus grounds, blocked by the rustle of trees in the wind. The architecture is old yet intriguing. The buildings’ fine angles and lines make me reflect on why I can’t deliver the same quality in my writing. it is truly a sight to see. The feeling of rough gravel under the soles of your feet remind you of your purpose here at camp. Everything that makes Oxford unique.