Director’s Letter: Week Three Wrap-up

Dear Oxbridge Parents,

In one week, your children will be with you or traveling home, marking the end to the College Experience in Boston 2017. We have just one more week for your students to take full advantage of the opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

By now, all of the students are comfortable in their routine of classes, activities, and leisure time. Over the past week I have witnessed and heard about a myriad of exciting developments in the classroom. The Computer Science major class welcomed a guest speaker on computational linguistics; in Economics they completed the Ritz cracker and hummus challenge and also  visited Lowell, MA; the Biology of Disease major visited the Museum of Science, specifically the defeating disease exhibit; the Neuropsychology class visited the Neurobiology department at Harvard where they assisted in a session of neuronal recordings in a mouse. And in the Medicine minor, students performed medical exams. These visits and speakers represent the experiential richness of our academic programs.

We also had the good fortune to welcome guest speaker Suzanne Lynch, the Washington, D.C. correspondent for The Irish Times. Formerly the Brussels correspondent and before that a financial journalist with The Irish Times in Dublin, she also worked as an arts journalist for a number of years in Ireland and the UK. She addressed the students about her experience working as a journalist around the world and most recently inside the White House. She shared her observations on the current state of American politics and spent time answering pressing questions about the happenings on the Hill. This was particularly interesting coming from an international perspective. Her talk as well as recaps of the academic adventures from this week can be read about on our blog.

Outside the classroom, students had the opportunity to visit Tufts University, tour the USS Constitution and Taza Chocolate Factory, enjoy a house dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe at Faneuil Hall, and take in an incredible IMAX on evolution at the Museum of Science. However, as shared at our weekly assembly, the highlight of the week for our students seemed to be kayaking on the Charles River and a kahoot! trivia night in our common space. Make sure to follow us on instagram @OxbridgeBoston.

In these final days, the students will be working on projects as a summation of their time spent in exciting classes culminating in an exhibition and presentation of learning on Saturday in our final evening events. They will also continue to explore more of the city on activities and area colleges such as Northeastern University and Boston College. I also hope that they will be enjoying the strong friendships developed during this month with Oxbridge. We will conclude the program with a final night of celebration and fun on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Please expect an email in the next few days confirming departure day details for next Sunday.

In the meantime, please know that the staff and teachers are delighted with this group of bright students and that everyone seems to be having an enjoyable and rewarding time expanding their cultural and academic horizons.

With my best regards,

Sarah Westerberg

Program Director