Oxford, England is one of my favorite towns in the world. There are many reasons for this but one of them is because it inspires me to dream big. I love history and the first time I set foot in Oxford I was enamored with its intriguing past. Studying at a college that patterned its educational methods after the Oxbridge model only added to the intrigue. As I walked the historic streets I found myself musing about how much I would love to study at Oxford University someday. A few years later I went back to explore the possibility further. I'll never forget standing outside of Queen's College hesitant to ask for academic information. While I waited the words to a song reminded me that this was my time and to live every moment leaving nothing to chance. I faced my fears and spent a beautiful day wandering around Oxford, gathering information, meeting faculty from the University, and learning as much about the town's history as I could discover.
I ultimately decided that it would be best to pursue a Master's Degree at a seminary in the US first. Whether or not I ever complete a degree program at Oxford I still hope for a chance to study in some form as part of my education. Meanwhile, it continues to inspire me as a place that reminds me not to give up on my dreams and settle.
What places inspire you?