Week Fifty-Two, Part II: Dear Future PKP-ers

Upon my return from Cambridge to the USA, something very special happened: my blog became a resource for other students who will soon attend the same program! For all your prospective students (“PKP-ers”), I figured I would make a post about advice for Cambridge. The most important thing is to really take advantage of the…

Week Fifty-Two, Part I: Post-Cambridge Reflections

Today I sit outside under the misters of my favorite city café in Phoenix, dripping with sweat in the harsh, Arizona summer heat. Cars buzz by, dust tickles my nose and the concrete reflects the sun, already baking my skin.  I shut my eyes and dream of the shade under my favourite oak tree on…

Week Six, Part II: Feeling Cultured

10 August 2016   Here are some fun photos from BBC Proms this past Sunday. I went with my fellow PKP friends + Cambridge students Alice and Vlad! We saw Stravinsky’s Firebird performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. It was great to be back at London’s Royal Albert Hall (my second favorite concert venue in…

Week Six, Part I: Think (Research Supervision Update)

5 August 2016 My research supervisor here at Cambridge, Dr. Kyren Lazarus, just gave me the greatest assignment I think I have ever received. He smiled, “I want you to think about the impossible.” My assignment is to brainstorm a page of crazy ideas that no scientist has formulated before. I feel like a kid again,…

Week Five, Part II: Lavender Fields Forever

3 August 2016 We visited the Hitchin Lavender Fields on Saturday and ate at a really yummy cafe there! Since a pictures is worth 1,000 words…     Here is a random sample of what my breakfast looks like every day…  

Week Five, Part I: Purpose

1 August 2016 It is easy to get lost in the ancient beauty of Cambridge. It is natural to think differently here, to ponder philosophy under the great, old trees by the River Cam, and get in touch with those introspective thoughts that are so often suppressed by the rigors of school/work life. Here I…

Week Four, Part II: Old Souls take Edinburgh

28 July 2016 This past weekend I traveled to Edinburgh with Cortnie (from Australia) and Isabel (from Miami), two lifelong friends I made here. We celebrated Isabel’s 20th and explored the stunning city of Edinburgh. Scotland is beautiful–I took over 600 pictures in three days! Highlights: The Jazz Bar: we saw locals swinging each other around the dance…

Week Four, Part I: Grateful

28 July 2016 This marks the halfway point of the programme here. (Yes, I am starting to pick up British English spelling!) I can hardly believe it. Four weeks have flown by and I write with a tinge of sadness knowing the end date is less than a month away. Yet, I know my only…

Week Three, Part I: Brexit Aftermath

14 July 2016 Last night we had the privilege of hearing a plenary lecture by Lord Chris Smith, Master of Pembroke College Cambridge, and former Chairman of the Environment Agency. His talk was called “Brexit and its Consequences.”  It was a fascinating speech–Lord Smith was very engaging and he presented a raw, unique reflection of his current feelings as…

Week Two, Part II: The Most Epic 24 Hours in London

11 July 2016 This is the story of my most epic trip to London this past weekend. It went down like this: Thursday night (class was cancelled) 6:00pm- I arrived in London from Cambridge via train 7:00pm- Met up with Katrina and Liz from USC 7:30pm-Ate famous Fish and Chips at Poppie’s London Explored Camden, walked through…

Week Two, Part I: Cambridge Life

11 July 2016 Brexit Update Political fiasco: Even as I was walking through Cambridge to the train station I saw multiple “I’M IN” signs wearily hanging from windowsills.  British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will step down by Wednesday officially.  Theresa May is the only one to step up in his place. Economic downturn: Three weeks…

Week One, Part IV: Eating my way through London

2 July 2016 Here are some fun pictures from our programme’s day-trip to London. We took a boat tour with the group then split off to explore Borough Market. I went with my friend Catherine from PKP and met up with Hope, an old friend from Coca-Cola Scholars! (Check out her amazing blog, called Words…