Program and Location:
Summer, United Kingdom: Intro to Animal Behavior and Veterinary Physiotherapy; Shropshire, England
Why did you choose to study abroad?
Coming into college, I recognized study abroad as an opportunity to grow as an individual and scholar. Every program has an exciting location, well-developed curriculum, and passionate faculty leading it. This was a great chance to move outside of my comfort zone and travel to another country I had never visited.
What did you learn about yourself?
Being in the U.K taught me the importance of living in the moment. It’s easy to get caught up with studying, assignments, and deadlines during school. My classmates and I had these same tasks to complete but we made sure to enjoy our time abroad. I learned that it’s the little moments that are remembered, not the grade I got or amount of studying that was done.
What was one of your favorite parts of your program?
The United Kingdom has many beautiful attractions, and we were lucky enough to see most of them. Our group visited the iconic city of London and a couple small towns near our university. As a lover of the outdoors, my favorite part was our trip to Snowdonia, the first designated national park of Wales. We saw free-roaming goats, rolling hills, a waterfall, and mountains that broke through the clouds.
What advice do you have to future study abroad students?
On a few occasions, we adjusted the itinerary due to plans that were cancelled or moved to another day. Having a flexible and optimistic mindset is the most important trait to have when abroad. Not everything will go as planned and that’s perfectly fine.
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Would you do it again?
My time abroad was an exciting experience that included fantastic professors, fun excursions, and material that I enjoyed learning. I would certainly travel abroad again!