Trevecca student prepares to study abroad at Oxford this summer

After transferring to Trevecca from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) following her freshman year, Taylor Darden will be spending her summer studying abroad in Oxford, England. 

Darden, a business major and rising junior, is taking part in the BestSemester Program, offered through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Darden will study at Oxford University from June 14-July 15.

Charles Anderson, an international business major and recent Trevecca graduate, served as the student ambassador for BestSemester during the spring 2019 semester. While he studied abroad to Costa Rica during the Fall 2018 semester, he says BestSemester’s Oxford program is by far the most popular study abroad option at Trevecca.

“Sometimes it’s advertised toward history and English majors,” Anderson said.

Some of the other popular options, according to Anderson, include Washington, LA films, Uganda, Australia, Middle East, Ireland and Costa Rica.

Like many other students, Darden chose Oxford because of her love for author C.S. Lewis. One of her good friends, Anna Turpin, who traveled to Oxford in 2018, helped her finalize her decision by sharing her experiences. Even though this will be Darden’s first time traveling alone as well as leaving the United States, she knows the experience will be worth it.

“I’m a huge fan of C.S. Lewis,” Darden said. “Oxford is the perfect place for someone who is a fan of C.S. because we will get to visit his home, his garden, and obviously, Oxford University, where he did a lot of studying and teaching.”

While students can’t use Trevecca scholarships to pay for studying abroad, Anderson said they can use private scholarships, FAFSA, loans and grants.

According to Darden, she never entertained the idea of studying abroad at MTSU. However, she feels she has grown during her year at Trevecca. She feels grateful for Trevecca offering students this opportunity and is excited for more adventures to come.

“This opportunity means a lot to me because if you asked me a year ago whether I would ever study abroad, I would have said no,” Darden said. “But coming to Trevecca has provided me so many cool opportunities and support from friends.”

By Kayla Williamson
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