Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover

by

Sharon Fleming

Chapter 28
Summary

In this chapter, Westover recounts her experiences at King’s College, Cambridge where she had gone to study a short course. She recalls being surprised to see the campus and feeling as if she was day-dreaming. Noticing that her imagination had never produced anything so “grand,” she decided to stop “dreaming” and start focusing on what brought her to the college (Westover 235). Kings College was a very different place compared to BYU.

She had not bought any new clothes for Cambridge as she did not have the spending money; she had actually taken a student loan to pay the tuition fee. Because she came in old clothes, her clothes were substandard compared to those of her new roommates, Heather and Marianne.

On a walk down to a Chapel near the college guided by Dr. Kerry, Westover recalls overhearing her roommates discussing how impressed they were by the design of the Chapel and after learning about the immense work that had gone into its construction. This conversation left a strong impression on Westover as she felt her roommates were far more sophisticated than anyone she had ever met.

Analysis

This chapter provides Westover’s continued learning process as she was scaling up the heights of her educational life. As she suggests, going to Cambridge meant that she was exposed to an even more challenging educational environment than earlier on (Westover 239). It also meant that she would have the opportunity to interact with more different people as she sought to have a deeper understanding of the world around her. She would also have the chance to be taught by some of the best professors in the world.

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