Northgate senior studies business abroad

by Celia Shortt

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Northgate High School Senior Rachel Kindle and her International Relations Professor, Alan Carter.


All high school seniors face the important question of what to do after high school. For Northgate senior Rachel Kindle, she was able to answer that question early.

Kindle knew she was interested in studying international business after high school. Her sophomore year, she found out about the Oxford Advanced Student Program at Brasenose College in Oxford. She applied for it after researching it and realizing the program would give her an opportunity to take some international business classes. It would also give her a taste of what college would be like.

'They have excellent professors and tutors,' she said about the program. 'It (the application) was like a college application, very selective. It's set up like you're actually in college.'

Around 200 people applied for the program, and Kindle was one of the 39 students who were accepted.

Kindle said the classes she took were difficult, but the professors were really open to her discussing things and figuring out problems.

'It's really self-driven,' she said. 'It's difficult.'

Even with the difficult classes and having to be more self-driven than before, Kindle was able to make the most of her opportunity to get a preview of college and her potential major.

'I got a chance to study what I wanted to major in,' she said. 'I figured out what I wanted to do.'

In addition to school, Kindle was able to participate in many different cultural events while in England. She saw Hamlet, went to the Ashmolean Museum, and attended historical lectures. She even took a trip to London to see the sights there.

Overall, Kindle is very enthusiastic about and thankful for the opportunity she had to study in Oxford. From it, she knows she definitely wants to study international business in college. She also made some valuable connections with her professors - and keeps in contact with them - which she knows will help her in the future.

'If you can, you definitely should do it because it was worth every penny and every ounce to strength,' Kindle said about taking this opportunity or any other like it. 'It was very enlightening.'

Kindle graduates from Northgate in May and still plans on pursuing international business in college.



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