Clarissa-Caola-USA

Clarissa Caola

USA, pre-master's followed by MA Education

The teachers on the pre-master’s course are great, they are really supportive no matter the issue

Clarissa Caola - USA, pre-master's followed by MA Education
I went to a small university in the states and I didn’t feel prepared to jump into a master’s. After spending the summer in Oxford and meeting a lot of Brookes students I started doing research about pre-master’s degrees. It was great because I wanted to switch degrees from International Relations to Education and the pre-master’s let me do that. A lot of people back home didn’t understand why I was doing a pre-master’s, but I really think this will help me prepare and lay down the foundation for the master’s course.

My classmates on the course are so friendly! You never feel alone, everybody is there and it feels cohort which I love.

I love Oxford, I mean that was one of my big things on picking Brookes, I love this city, it is a large city…compared to what I am used to, but you get the small town feel.

The teachers on the pre-master’s course are great, they are really supportive no matter the issue. They are always there, you could have a meltdown in the middle of class and they would walk you through it. That was one thing that scared me the most, I was intimidated coming in because I am a native speaker but still I am not confident in a lot of my academic writing. I was really nervous but right away it was like we will help you out and we are going to walk you through every step. So even though they are holding your hand it is what you need at this point and it is a good way to relearn things you have been taught.