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OCC Graduate Torri Frye Selected for Oxford University Summer Program

Torri Frye PhotoOlney Central College graduate Torri Frye, of Sumner, will be heading to the prestigious Oxford University this summer through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Best Semester program.

Frye, a junior at Trevecca University in Nashville, Tenn., was one of just 25 students from around the world selected to participate in the intensive six-week study abroad experience. Participants were chosen following an extensive application process, which included the submission of an essay, 25 short answer questions and letters of recommendation.

“I was in shock when I found out,” said Frye, who graduated from OCC in May 2017. “The first thing I did was go to the English Building. I ran in and told my professor, who had first mentioned the program to me. She jumped up and hugged me. It didn’t really sink in until I bought my plane ticket last month. I’m a little nervous and excited. I’m counting down the days until I leave.”

While at Oxford, Frye, an English and creative writing major, will take two courses, C.S. Lewis and the Classics and British Enlightenment Literature. The classroom experience will be augmented with weekend trips to the places where the authors lived and worked.

“It will be so exciting to go and see everything we read about,” Frye said. “I’m really looking forward to going to the home where Jane Austen wrote and grew up, visiting the pub where C. S. Lewis and the Inklings met and walking the same halls at Oxford where Oscar Wilde walked. I’m really excited about doing all the nerdy stuff.”

Frye will leave for England on June 14 and return July 16.

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