By: Brennan Seltzer
Photo courtesy of Bianca Dishmon (10). Pictured: Mila Szatkowski (10) & Bianca Dishmon (10)
Over the summer, Cambridge University hosts an academic program in which international high school students are given the unique opportunity to study abroad. From July 4 to July 30, Bianca Dishmon (10), Mary-Kate Kalodimos (10) and Mila Szatkowski (10) stayed in Cambridge at Fitzwilliam College.
To apply, students write a personal statement and send a school transcript. If accepted, students choose classes based on their interests, ranging from biotechnology to law.
This program is often used to test the waters for students thinking to study abroad, specifically in Europe in the future.
“I was really interested in studying in the United Kingdom for university,” said Szatkowski. She did research on different summer study programs and ultimately decided on Cambridge based on its merit and location.
Studying abroad was not all assignments and lectures, though. During the day, there was plenty of free time available to explore Cambridge and take a break from academics. Exciting sightseeing trips like seeing museums in London and exploring castles in Stratford filled their breaks.
"I really liked Warwick Castle, that was really interesting... we got to see the dungeons,'' said Kaladimos.
Along with academic learning, experience and connection-based learning was strongly emphasized in the program. From South Africa to Russia, students traveled to Cambridge for a new scholastic experience. Everyone made good friends and connections that can help these girls wherever they might be in the future.
“We all sort of had this bond. I still talk to a lot of the people I met,” said Dishmon.
Being in a new space with such a diverse group of students, a new sense of self and independence is able to develop.
Dreams for the future can be realized and new experiences can create opportunities.
“I learned that I am actually really interested in business, especially marketing, and I think that I might actually want to pursue that in a career,” said Szatkowski.
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