Andrew Cunningham, 2010 Scholar, St Antony's College, Oxford

Andrew CunninghamBeing a Marshall Scholar means to expect the unexpected. For example, I never expected to come to Oxford and attend a lecture about ‘American Government’ with Richard Shiff (Toby Ziegler) from the West Wing. I never expected to shake the hands of Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Oxford Skoll Forum discussing what it means to be a social entrepreneur. I never expected to be working with the Head of Education for Save The Children, Kenyan Ministry of Education and UNICEF in conducting research about innovation in education and school financing in the developing world. I never expected to join the St. Antony’s College rowing team. I never expected that classroom-based discussions would be replaced by frequent long nights at the local pub talking about issues ranging from capital flight in Russia to theories of humanitarian intervention in international relations. And most of all, I never expected, as a person from New England, to attend a Royal Wedding and swell with so much love for the royal family. I cannot wait for more of the unexpected life of being a Marshall Scholar.