Hello from the Director!

Hello, Oxbridge Families!

Our program is in full swing with your students taking full advantage of all the program’s offerings! They have been striking a wonderful balance of work and play as they immerse themselves in their disciplines, digging into the material deeper, while also finding time to explore the great neighborhoods and sights of the city. Each day their confidence grows in navigating this beautiful city and managing their time and work with all the fun; all part of the college experience!

IMG_1467After our opening ceremony Thursday morning, students were dismissed to classes where they were introduced to their discipline and teachers. As a program, we then navigated the subway for the first time together down to midtown where we soared to the top of the famed Rockefeller building for a view of the entire NY skyline (and Jersey!). Finally, we wrapped our first day seeing the bright lights of Broadway in which students had the choice of seeing Waitress or Come From Away. I had the pleasure of seeing Come From Away, and wow what a show! I laughed and cried while it restored my faith in the innate goodness of people and the strength that comes through tragedy.

IMG_4682Friday students had not only their major class, but their first of two college workshops focused on the essay writing process and the interview process. Afternoon activities included stops at the Whitney Museum or walking the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Yesterday’s activities included an opportunity to visit NYU, exploring the neighborhoods of the city in small groups (many made the trek to Chinatown and SOHO), some took in another Broadway show, and a visit to the Chelsea Markets for unique foods and boutique shops.

And here we are today, Sunday, where student have their second workshop and will have the opportunity to tour Columbia University, walk the High Line, and sample sweet treats in Greenwich Village… on top of working on their final projects for class.

It’s hard to believe we’re looking to Departures Day already, but as we start pulling together the final travel plans, please communicate with your student their individual plan. We’ll be sharing with them the information we have tomorrow during the nightly check-in, so please be in touch before then so they have the most up to date plan. Once confirmed, we will put together the departures schedule. If you are picking up your student, please do so from 9:00-12:00 on Wednesday, August 7. If you need to make other arrangements, please be in touch with us as soon as possible.

I hope that you’ve been following our adventures on the blog, and have been in touch with your student — we’ll continue to remind them to check in with home as I know you’re excited to hear about their days.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the program office via this email OR our 24/7 phone line, (434) 422-1537. We’re excited to share these last few days together, there is still much to experience and see!



Program Director