RHODES SCHOLAR

Written in My Life Bill Clinton he describes the process of becoming a Rhodes Scholar. Every year thirty-two American Rhodes scholars are chosen for two years of study at Oxford university paid for by the trust established in 1903 by Cecil Rhodes’s will.

A student could apply in either the state where he lived or the one where he went to college  Every December, each state nominated two candidates, who then went to one of the eight regional competitions in which scholars were chosen for the coming academic year. The selection process required the candidate to provide between five and eight letters of recommendation, write an essay on why he wanted to go to Oxford, and submit to interviews at the state and regional levels by panels composed of former Rhodes scholars, with a chairman who wasn’t one. I asked Father Sebes, Dr. Giles, Dr. Davids, and my sophomore English professor, Mary Bond, to write letters, along with Dr. Bennet and Frank Holt from back home, and Seth Tillman, Senator Fullbright’s speechwriter, who taught at Johns Hopkins school of advanced international studies and had become a friend and mentor to me.The Rhodes committee asked for recommenders to note my weaknesses along with my strengths.

Of the thirty-two scholars elected in 1968, Yale and Harvard produced six each, Dartmouth three, Princeton and the Naval Academy two.

This seems to be a hard process where only the elite are excepted for Oxford which is what Rhodes wanted with his legacy. Bill Clinton went on to be President of America, Oxford was a training ground for him.  Stuart Mcphail Hall went on to be a founder of cultural studies after leaving Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. Cultural studies is an in depth study of people like Karl Marx, Foucault, Descartes, Shakespeare, all of who when researched has shaped peoples way of thinking. Oxford places the intelligensia in places that shape a certain agenda. Rhodes statue must come down as he stands for all that is wrong for his sort of thought process.

 

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