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March 12, 2009

The End, and The Beginning

I, for one, am exhausted. The other guys still have a couple essays left, but my early finale was dearly bought and paid for. I really didn't know I could read and write that much in the course of a week, and as one of my friends observed, "Your eyes look tired." I guess 7 hours of straight writing an will do that to you. Yet, there is a certain sense of accomplishment at coming to the end of a grueling race. Once the pain wears off, you feel satisfied. The last 8 weeks have been an amazing experience. Taking lessons from excellent, knowledgeable tutors, attending debates at the Oxford Union, getting to see so much history, meeting other Christians from so many cultural backgrounds, having a group of friends to go through the experience together: all in all, one of the most challenging, enjoyable experiences of my life. And it's not over yet!

Next up is a quick break, and then Summit study begins in earnest. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. Our Friday afternoon meetings throughout the course of the term have been quite engaging as we've examined Scriptures and discussed their meanings. I always love a good discussion (argument?!), and it's great to be able to have them with such a committed group of students from so many different backgrounds and, of course, Mr. Bywater. His level of commitment and enthusiasm are amazing and really put the life into the discussions (and no, he didn't pay me to say that). I'm especially looking forward to our discussions of Islam since I began reading the Quran a while back during some conversations with a Muslim friend, and now am looking forward to finishing it and learning more about it and the Islamic faith.

Chris Van Egmond
Fellow, Hilary Term '09


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