MOORE — Parker Chase Lusk, 2010 Westmoore High School graduate, returned to the United States on Aug. 31 after completing a summer at the Pembroke-King’s Programme at Cambridge University in England.
To qualify for the program, Lusk, a sophomore at Brigham Young University, had to apply and be admitted directly to Cambridge University and was selected from a field of applicants from the most highly-ranked universities worldwide.
While at Cambridge, Lusk received instruction from Cambridge professors in the Oxford/Cambridge tradition of having small tutor groups with the professors. The students were encouraged to mingle and share ideas with each other.
“It was so interesting to get to know intelligent students from the world’s top universities and to see their different perspectives… and to see that I held my own around these incredibly bright students,” Lusk said.
Lusk is a Heritage Scholarship recipient at Brigham Young University and is majoring in electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science. While at Cambridge, Lusk studied philosophy, mathematics and materials science.
Before attending BYU, Lusk served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the England London South Mission, sharing his testimony of Jesus Christ.
“My experience was unique from others (in the Pembroke-King’s Programme) because I served my mission in England,” Lusk said.
Returning to England as a non-missionary was a rich and very spiritual experience for Lusk, strengthening his love for the English people he had served and taught.
“It helped me take stock of where I once was and where I am now,” Lusk said.