It does not matter who you are or where you are from, choosing a college is a big decision.
College is a time of transition, a time for students to begin to figure out who they are and what their place is in the world. But as impactful as higher education is, it is not the only thing that can make such a difference in students' lives. For Oxford College sophomore Hana Ahmed, there was another significant journey recently: her pilgrimage to Mecca, an important religious journey for Muslims.
In recent times, supplying aid to Africa has been a special interest of American citizens. Everyday, we watch TV segments or hear the stories of the starving children who cannot attend school and immediately want to help. In many cases, we give money, but what we do not see is where that aid and money go. Oxford College sophomore Arome Obende understands that there is a lot more that needs to be done for Africa than just donating money.
Oxford College sophomore Rachel Chang is known to wear multiple hats around campus. Every day, she balances being a student and a resident advisor along with her other leadership position at Oxford to the best of her ability. However, the balancing act is nothing too new to her because Chang has been balancing multiple cultural identities her whole life.
During the 2008 presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama voiced his concern over the human rights violations in China.
If one were to ask an average 19-year-old about the work force, most young adults would go on to talk about their long hours bussing tables in a restaurant or folding clothes in retail, but not Farina Wares. If Wares were to answer this question, she would go on to talk about the unfair working conditions and practices in parts of the world and how she hopes to change them someday.
While thousands of college students flooded the Florida beaches for spring break, 27 Oxford College students headed to Seaside Heights, N.J. These students spent their break helping to clean up and rebuild the area after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
On the outside, Oxford College freshman Grace O'Duffy appears to be a typical American college student, but when she speaks, her Irish heritage is revealed.
Today, in the U.S., Afghanistan is often portrayed as a poor country that has been a central place of war and conflict for the past decade. However, to Oxford College sophomore Anika Cooper, it is the complete opposite. "It's so beautiful." Cooper said. "Afghanistan is like no other place in the world. It is so full of life."
The small, tight-knit community of Oxford College is nothing new for freshman Mario Costa. In his hometown of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Costa enjoyed a very close community between his family and friends.
Oxford College sophomore Falak Mawani is a hardworking student who is very involved on campus and highly respected among students, faculty and staff. One has to wonder what made her who she is today.
Oxford college sophomore Guilherme Laport has taken the campus by storm. Last year, as a freshman, he never dreamt of how important Oxford would become to him. Currently, Laport serves as the student government association's president, is a member of the business club, founded a jiu jitsu club, and created his own business with his friends.
Oxford College sophomore Alex Day began school in the United States long before he started his college career, but his true roots lie across the pond in England. "I am British to the blood. I love America! It has done so much for me since it's 'the land of dreams,' but I am English all the way."
Oxford freshman Kahaan Patel knew from a young age he wanted to be a businessman. In 2011, Patel made the move from Mumbai, India, to America, the world's most capitalistic country. If he wanted to be the best in business, he knew he had to learn from the best.
Julie-Marie Dalbello looks like a typical American student. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, but looks can be deceiving. Dalbello's southern California girl looks are actually from South America and she has a charming Spanish accent and a fascination for politics.