Emily Rutherford, 2012 Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

emilyrutherfordI'm doing an MPhil in Modern British and European History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Since I work on the intellectual history of Victorian Britain, Oxford is the perfect place to be—one of the central figures in my master's dissertation once taught at my college, and his papers are preserved in the Bodleian Library. But I also spend plenty of time outside the library: singing in the college choir, participating in an outreach programme for schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds, volunteering at the local co-op supermarket and whiling away many happy hours drinking coffee with friends. Sometimes it can be difficult to avoid only seeing Americans as there are so many in Oxford, but getting involved in the local community is well worth it. In just a few months, Oxford (both the city and the university) has come to feel very much like home.