Study Abroad and Global Education

Elizabeth Mayer

Ask me where I've been: England

Major(s) English Major, Late Antique-Medieval Studies Minor
Hobbies Writing, singing, and Pokémon Go
Hometown Wilmette, IL
Program/Study Site St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University
Elizabeth Mayer | England

Why study abroad?

I wanted to broaden my horizons and challenge myself academically. Although I absolutely love Scripps, I was looking for an opportunity to explore my chosen fields in a different way and context. As someone who’s an amateur art nerd, I also loved getting to travel in Europe and to visit incredible museums.

Why did you choose England?

I primarily chose the university, but England provided immense opportunities to advance my study of English literature, travel, and experience a culture that is similar yet different from the United States.

What courses did you enroll in while abroad?

I took two courses per term for three terms including:
  • History of the Ancient Near East
  • Shakespeare
  • Readings in British Literature
  • Modernism
  • Literary Theory
  • Human Rights & Fiction.

What was your living situation?

I lived in dorms on campus.

What did you do for fun?

I traveled, participated in societies like the Law Society, spent time at the JCR bar with friends and classmates, had a bunch of afternoon teas, and spent countless hours exploring the museums and sites.

Highlights of the program:

Oxford’s academics were the highlight for me, closely followed by the amazing people I met while abroad! I loved getting to meet people I would not have met at the Claremonts or in the US. Having to meet all new people was exciting and I’m so grateful for the relationships I have from study abroad!

The most challenging aspects of your experience:

I think it has to be that I was away from my loved ones for so long. I definitely do not regret going abroad for a year, but I really missed the people closest to me.

Final comments or suggestions for future participants:

Travel, travel, travel! I think one of the best things I did was make time for travel. Overall, being on top of your academics is essential to this program, but if you manage things well, you can have so many opportunities to explore other parts of the UK or continental Europe. Find travel buddies and go adventuring together!


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