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Christopher Keller – England (Oxford)

Christopher Keller in front of the coat of arms for Oxford's Exeter College

Christopher Keller stands in front of the coat of arms for Oxford's Exeter College

Of all the prestigious universities in the world, England's University of Oxford ranks near the top.

SDSU management major, Christopher Keller, would agree with this sentiment. And he would know – he spent the summer of 2013 studying at Oxford.

While he could have chosen other schools, Keller came to SDSU from Fresno, Calif. for several reasons. "I liked what SDSU had to offer their students and there is a pretty impressive lineup of faculty members," he said. "Also, there seems to be nice weather and, being a young man, the pretty girls there didn't hurt either."

He chose to study abroad while he was attending SDSU because he wanted "to get a little more out of the college experience," and he noted that "once you go into the professional world, you don't really have the luxury of taking a six-month vacation." Having spent a previous summer backpacking and hitchhiking across Europe, Keller knew he wanted to return.

I liked what SDSU had to offer their students and there is a pretty impressive lineup of faculty members. Also, there seems to be nice weather and, being a young man, the pretty girls there didn't hurt either.

Keller was able to locate a study program through the University of Oxford that required a number of completed essays, good grades and letters of recommendation from professors for admission. Once he was accepted, he attended the Exeter College which was established in 1314 and is Oxford's fourth-oldest college. "Living there made you almost forget which century you were in," he said.

The summer study abroad program may not be the only time Keller attends Oxford: upon graduation from SDSU in May, 2014, he is considering returning there to earn his master's degree or Ph.D. "Right now, I'm deciding to pursue a career as a professor or becoming active in the world of U.S. or international politics," said Keller, who is also working on a political science degree. "I would definitely enjoy both, but I still need to figure out where I want to invest the next 30 years of my life." And he can thank his overseas study experience for helping him "narrow down what I really want to do with my life."

Keller highly recommends that students looking to travel should take the study abroad plunge, even if funding it is an issue. He advises: "If you're worried about money – and many people are – you should talk to a study abroad advisor. But look at it this way – you'll have the rest of your life to make money, but you won't get many opportunities to take off five months or more."

If you're worried about money – and many people are – you should talk to a study abroad advisor. But look at it this way – you'll have the rest of your life to make money, but you won't get many opportunities to take off five months or more.
Keller is shown during a meal served at the college

Keller (third from right in jacket and tie) is shown during a meal served at the college