Summer in the USA

I have been lucky enough to be selected for the UNIQ Oxford Summer School and Sutton Trust US Programme.

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in studying in the US. The cost however has always been a problem; fees being around £18,000 a term. So when I heard about the Sutton Trust Programme it seemed perfect. The programme is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission. It provides valuable help in the US university application process and as part of the programme I will attend a week long summer school at Yale University.

The original process was grueling and extremely competitive as 1300 people applied. The application took me days to complete; the hardest part being the 6, 250 word essays. This application was the influencing factor in their decisions of the final 200 participants, who would continue to the next stage.

Stage Two involved a 3 day residential at the LSE. During this time I had to take a mock ACT test (3 and a half hours long) and take part in a 30 minute interview with US Admissions specialist, Marva Hall.

All of this coupled with Mrs Ritson’s reference were taken into account when the Sutton Trust chose their final 150 applicants. It’s with these people that I will travel to America with in August.

While studying in the US would be my number one choice, when visiting Oxford for an open day I fell in love with the place. So when Mrs Ritson told me about the UNIQ Summer School I jumped at the chance. Again, it was an application which was the deciding factor. This time the main part, a 2000 character, personal statement. Once again, the process was very competitive, the top 850 out of 4400 applicants gaining places, 40 out of which were in Law which I will be taking part in.

As part of this programme, I will spend a week at Oxford University, staying at a college, attending lectures and tutorials and taking part in moots (basically experiencing what undergraduate life at Oxford would be like.)

I am sure both will be very valuable and hopefully help me reach my goal of studying either Political Science or Economics at undergraduate level and Law at postgraduate in America with the view of moving into Actuarial Studies at some point.

Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2)

13-09-2012-10-57 098997[1]