Matthew Koury, C’17, had the opportunity to spend some of his summer at the University of Cambridge where he attended the Pembroke-King’s summer school. The Pembroke-King’s summer school consists of an 8-week program where students take three lecture courses. During his time at Cambridge, Matthew took: Contemporary Issues in Neuroscience, Behavioral Economics, and Reason and Invention. Upon his first arrival to the school, Cambridge met his expectations. Matthew says, “My first impression of Cambridge was that it was a beautiful small town with old buildings and cobblestone roads. It was everything that I expected.”

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities, and has a world-renowned reputation for its outstanding academics. The Pembroke-King’s summer school is an incredibly competitive program, and is sought after by students at universities around the world. With such prestige, it can make for a very competitive learning atmosphere. Matthew, though slightly worried at first, found that he fit right in with the rest of the students in the program. He stated, “The most insightful aspect that I took away from Cambridge was that the Mount really did prepare me for Ivy League level classes. Dr. Ward prepared me amazingly for my Neuroscience class, and my psychology classes really helped with my Behavioral Economics class. I was concerned going over that most of the students in my classes would be from Harvard and Yale, but I found that I did just as well as them and was just as prepared.” He without a doubt felt that the Mount prepared him well for what Cambridge had to offer.

As Matthew begins his senior year, he will be able to take what he learned from his experience and apply it to his studies here at the Mount. He felt that his Behavioral Economics and Neuroscience classes gave him a stronger background in various aspects of psychology, and notes that “Because I am taking mainly psychology classes this semester, I have already used some of what I have learned in my current classes.” Matthew Koury is one of the many great examples of leadership seen in the Mount community. The School of Natural Science and Mathematics is incredibly proud of what Matthew was able to accomplish this summer. We wish him luck on his continued success as he finishes his final year at the Mount!