Amelia Sawyers CC’19

Hello! My name is Amelia Sawyers and I am a senior in Columbia College majoring in biology. During the 2017-2018 school year, I studied at the University of Cambridge as part of the Columbia College Oxbridge Scholars program. This program lets you enroll directly in a college at either Oxford or Cambridge for the full academic year. You live with other students in your college, attend lectures and supervisions, and take part in traditions like formal hall. Studying at Cambridge allowed me to pursue academic interests, such as pathology, history, and philosophy of science, and also try out new activities. I joined my college’s boat club as a coxswain, despite having no previous coxing experience. Rowing is a popular sport at Cambridge, and it was also a great way to make friends. One of the highlights of rowing at Cambridge is a race called bumps: the goal of the race is to bump the boat in front of you and to avoid being bumped by the boat behind you. Bumps is an exhilarating and fun experience! I ended up extending my time in Cambridge through a summer studentship that provided funding for me to research in a lab in the pathology department. I had a fantastic time at Cambridge—it is also a beautiful place to live—and I am more than happy to share more about my experience or discuss the Oxbridge scholars program more generally. As a biology major and someone who has followed the pre-med track, I am also able to talk about how to plan out study abroad as a STEM major and as pre-med, so please reach out if you have any questions