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I'm glad you've visited this page, because I'm eager to share with you why I'm so excited about Fall 2014!
You see, I've been accepted into an exceptional study abroad program: Summit Oxford.
The Summit Oxford program has two parts: an advanced worldview study, and Oxford tutorials. These parts work together to foster scholarly qualities to use for church and culture. The program is a branch of Summit Ministries, a Christian organization that strives to help people understand and be secure in their Christian faith and lives. In particular, they instruct students in respectfully and effectively interacting with the world as a Christian.
Summit Oxford is partnered with the Oxford Study Abroad
Programme (OSAP) in order to offer the best in education. Additionally, Summit Oxford is partnered with and sponsored by the Pioneers missions organization. The Pioneers consider Summit Oxford an ‘unconventional mission.’
So what makes Summit Oxford so unique?
I could talk about how Oxford is one of the world's most prestigious colleges, and that the list of famous Oxonians includes C.S. Lewis, Gandhi, 26 British Prime Ministers (including Margaret Thatcher), 50 Nobel Prize winners. I could explain how the difference between an American class and an Oxford tutorial. I could go in depth about the exciting nature of this rigorous academic adventure.
Instead, I'll ask you to view this 7.5-minute video. It won't take long, and it will give you a better feel for what Summit Oxford is all about than I can with typed text.
If my semester abroad was a movie, the trailer might look like this! Check it out, I worked really hard on it and think it's pretty cool. :)
Summit Oxford fosters scholarly virtues for the sake of church and culture. It is a portal to great potentials, providing a program with a missional mindset and a community that is intentional and committed to the fame of Jesus Christ and the flourishing of cultures. summitoxford.org
“This is a profound opportunity to develop skills, character and understanding, to propel you forward with all the courage of your Christian convictions. Here you will prayerfully ponder the past, press in to the present, and pursue your intellectual potential. The goal is informed and faithful scholarship for church and culture.” ~summitoxford.org
Naturally, I am thrilled to have been accepted into this program. Lord willing, I will be leaving early September 2014 for Oxford, and will be gone for 15 weeks. Summit Oxford will be challenging, exciting, deep, unprecedented, unique, and wonderful. But Summit Oxford will also be quite expensive.
Tuition for Summit Oxford includes housing, two tutorials, four-week intensive worldview course, five cultural excursions, and associate Oxford membership with access to libraries, lectures, dining hall (with cheaper meals than local restaurants), clubs and societies, and common areas. Additionally, I will have to pay for airfare, food, and any other expenses, such as travel to Scotland, Ireland, or continental Europe during a week we have free for travel. All totaled, my semester at Oxford will cost $21,000.
Accordingly, I will be looking and applying for various scholarships and saving as much of my income as possible. But I won't be able to afford this wonderful opportunity without your help.
I am passionate about this opportunity to study these subjects that are so near and dear to my heart, in a renowned university, and, as an added bonus, in a beautiful city in Britain (a prospect that tickles this Anglophile's fancy!). After much prayer and careful thought, I believe that this is God's will for me, and am so thankful for Him for opening this door.
Please pray about what God would have you do and what you can afford. Every little bit helps. I thank you so much for any and all support you can offer me in this endeavor. You can make checks out to me, give cash, or give easily and securely online using Paypal. In addition, I have limited availability to do yard work, painting, etc. to raise money. I also can do photography, such as senior pictures. You can see examples of my work here. All money raised will be locked away to cover tuition, food, and travel costs. :)
Even if you pray about it and discover you can't afford to provide monetary support, I greatly appreciate your prayers. Please pray that the funds would be provided for, for safe travels, and that God would use Summit Oxford to grow me intellectually, emotionally, and, most importantly, spiritually.
Thank you for reading. God bless!
~Selina R. Gonzalez
For more information on Summit Oxford, please look over Summit Oxford's Prospectus here:
“And that sweet city with her dreaming spires,/She needs not June for beauty's heightening.” ~Matthew Arnold
“I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.” ~William Butler Yeats