Coan, an Economics and Diplomacy and World Affairs double major, endured a rigorous and competitive application process to be accepted at the 800+ year-old institution of higher learning.
After learning of his selection a year ago, he arrived in England a few weeks before term start in early October. He is “reading” Human, Social, and Political Sciences, with an emphasis on Politics and International Relations at Pembroke College.
The academic system in Great Britain is structured completely differently from that of America, including the schedule of lectures and contact hours with professors and supervisors, and the method of doing work. “It’s been quite intense so far,” he says. “I’m definitely enjoying it, but the work load is very intense with 8-week terms in comparison to Oxy’s 12-week terms.”
While at Pembroke, Coan plays for the college “football” (soccer) team, and helps organize events for the Pembroke Politics Society.