SCIO is delighted to announce the de Jager prize winners for the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford spring 2015 The de Jager prizes are funded by a generous donation to SCIO from Geoffrey and Caroline de Jager who have a long standing commitment to encouraging excellence in education and scholarship.
Two of the students reflect on their time during the programme
Oxford, for me, was more than a semester of school. It was a transformative experience, marking a new stage of my growth as a person. Oxford sank into my bones. I am not the person I was before I saw those towering spires, or bought those books at Blackwell’s, or biked those cobbled streets, or cooked food with those friends I fell in love with. Oxford became a part of me, and SCIO made that happen. I will be forever grateful, and I am forever changed.
As a Visiting Student at Wycliffe Hall, I read more books, wrote more essays and enjoyed my studies more than I ever have before. There, amidst libraries, lecture halls, and late night writing parties, my fellow students and I were blessed to participate in a community characterized by thoughtful scholarship and a deep love for learning. SCIO introduced us to this city in all her old-stone beauty and to the notion that we too were academics in our own right, albeit young, inexperienced ones. Coming to Oxford opened so many doors for me, like the ability to study medievial manuscripts through the Green Scholars Initiative. The seven months I spent there were, in a word, glorious and I will always remember them and that city with love.
Photography by Jonathan Kirkpatrick www.zeuxisphotography.com/