Egypt or England? Several months ago the choice seemed clear to Sterling College junior Lauren Cox. A friend attending a different college suggested they both apply for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities’ Middle East Studies Program. Cox was excited about the prospect of studying in Egypt with her friend, but then, as she says, “God shut every door.” Though she didn’t know why, Cox felt certain God was going to open another. He did; this summer Cox will spend six weeks studying Christian ministries and theology at another CCCU Best Semester location: Oxford University.
If her friend had not been applying for the Middle East Studies Program, Cox might have picked England from the first. “Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a dream of visiting England,” she said. Much of that childhood dream came from Cox’s love for C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles. “I wanted to see the places that inspired the landscape of Narnia.”
Cox already has her required reading list for her summer courses, and several works by Lewis are on it. Jane Austen’s works are as well. “We’ll be examining how Austen’s beliefs are manifest