Area residents and girls tennis fans likely remember Big Walnut High School graduate Elena Watson for her performance on the tennis court. Watson has gone on to study at Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin, where she was named to the 2012-13 Lawrence University Academic All-Midwest Conference team for Women’s Tennis.
Watson, the daughter of Brent and Molly Watson of Sunbury, is double majoring in Biology and Anthropology with a minor in German. Her career goals are to become a forensic anthropologist.
But Watson’s on a bit of a break right now, as the Brits would put it, and she’s trying on a couple of new sports for size while she’s at it.
Watson is studying at one of Oxford University’s 38 colleges — St. Catherine’s, or St. Catz, as it’s affectionately known — and while there she has become a member of the field hockey and rowing teams.
“The rowing team was very competitive to get into,” Watson writes in a recent email. “Unfortunately we have not had much time on the water due to flooding, but it has still been a blast.”
She also noted that there is a tournament called the Cuppers between the colleges for some sports like field hockey in England, and St. Catz advanced to the semi-finals.
“It was a bit of a baptism of fire as my captain so aptly but it, in that I had never played the sport before and there were no practices, only matches for this term,” she added.
Watson has a six-week Easter break between terms, during which she plans to tour England, then the rowing team will have a training camp.
“We’ll be on the water for a week enjoying the hopefully nice spring weather while we’re preparing for a major race during next term,” she said.
Of course Oxford is not all sports and no books. Watson said she has been busy juggling classes as she prepares for her long spring break.
“I’m having an amazing time here at Oxford and keeping wonderfully busy,” she said. “The system of courses, or tutorials as they are called here, is set up quite differently than back home. I have two tutorials for the two terms I’m here, which are eight weeks long. One is a major tutorial, which meets once a week over the course of the eight weeks; the other meets four weeks and is a minor tutorial.”
Watson said the meetings, referred to as tutes, are typically one-on-one with a tutor, which is comparable to a teacher.
“For each tute I have a lot of reading to do and write basically a research paper,” she said. “Both of my tutorials were fascinating. One of them is more based on archaeology and I got to handle stone tools and artifacts from thousands of years ago; the other is with an actual forensic anthropologist and I get to handle bones.”
Elena Watson will be in England through June. To touch base with Watson email her directly at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford via email at < firstname.lastname@example.org >.