Jennifer Chang

University of East Anglia
Norwich, England

Standing in front of one of the Chris Borton memorial trees in Davis, California:
→: Mike Scanlin, Joan Burg, Jennifer Chang, Verena and Ray Borton
Jennifer has studied Biochemistry and Cell Biology


Jennifer shares Chris’ background as a graduate of Davis Senior High School and student at UCSD’s Warren College, as well as his interests in science and music. She anticipated her experiences abroad with an eager mind and open heart, contemplating not only the immediate adventures but also the long-range benefits of this opportunity.

Since receiving the scholarship, Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCSD in June 1999. She stayed an additional year to complete a graduate degree in Biology, with research focusing on meningitis, and then was employed by a bio-technology firm. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Fall 2000 reflections by Jennifer:

I spent my junior year abroad, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. In high school, I had passed up opportunities to spend time overseas although several of my friends traveled to places such as Germany, Spain, and Finland. They all enjoyed their experiences, so when I saw a flyer advertising the UC Education Abroad Program during the fall of my sophomore year, the decision was easy. I applied and was accepted to study at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

Most of the classes I took at the university pertained to my biology degree, but not surprisingly, the majority of the lessons were outside the classroom. For example, living in the dorms with British and other international students, I learned that it is possible for twelve people to share one small refrigerator. I learned that certain words have very different meanings depending on whether you are talking to an English person or to an American and that short hair is harder to take care of than it looks. I learned that the sense of awe I had playing flute with the university symphony in a nearly 1000 year-old cathedral is an experience I will never be able to have in the United States, that I could depend on myself, and that good friends are good friends no matter how far away they live.

Since my return to the United States, the haircut has grown out and I have finished my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UCSD. Recently, I took a trip back to Norwich and stayed with a couple of the girls with whom I’d lived. It was wonderful to see them and to see the changes that have occurred in the city and at the university over the last two and a half years. There were more than I had expected, and there will be more before I have the opportunity to visit again, but in the meantime, I hope my English friends will visit me in California.