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Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
England, United Kingdom
De'Angela is a senior here at UTA majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. De'Angela studied abroad at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England in the fall of 2014.
What was the most exciting experience in studying abroad?
My studies abroad taught me not to be close-minded. I made it my mission to learn as much as possible about different cultures. Although I didn’t quite understand why people drove on, what I thought was the wrong side of the street; it was their way of life. Visiting another country isn’t about having your own way of doing things but simply learning their way and adapting to it. When I first arrived in Paris it was nighttime and I knew nothing about the neighborhood my hostel was located in. I only had one more night in Paris before my trip to Rome the next day so I decided to walk 6+ miles from the train station on the Northwest side of town to the South. It was an unfamiliar territory but luckily there was enough people walking along the streets in Paris, I felt somewhat safe. I downloaded an offline map on my telephone and made my way to the Eiffel Tower. To my surprise, I arrived at the Eiffel Tower as soon as the light show began at 7pm. The 6+ miles was worth it for that beautiful view!
What other countries have you visited?
I worked all summer to save money for my studies abroad. I didn’t save as much as I’d hope but I found plenty of things to do on a budget. Tickets were really affordable through RyanAir. I booked my flights in advance to travel to both Italy and France. Eating gelato in Rome as well as seeing the light show at the Eiffel Tower was definitely worth it every expense. I encourage students to travel to other countries while abroad because flights are so cheap. Traveling to a different country while studying abroad is an opportunity you definitely do not want to miss!
What did you like about being a U.S. college student in another country?
People automatically know you are from the US the moment you start speaking. When they hear your voice, they are so intrigued and want to learn about you and the place you come from.I always felt special when people stopped me on the sidewalk to start a conversation. Although people in England are a tad bit more reserved, they still know how to have a little fun. I had more independence in my courses and was responsible for my own research. The lectures were lengthy but interesting. The professors understand you’re from a different country and are wiling to help you if you need it. Most of the time they want to hear your perspective because technically you are an outsider. Make sure you voice you viewpoints and explain your reasoning behind it, they’d LOVE to hear a different opinion!
Do you have any advice for future study abroad students?
The hardest part about studying abroad is actually making the decision to go! Once you apply, set your mind on going. I studied abroad the first semester of my senior year when I could have done it earlier. Nothing is stopping you, but yourself. Find a program that will be beneficial to you, educationally, professionally and personally. All three should be a factor when you decide on a program. Also, it’s never too early to start saving up. Every little penny counts. If you’re even thinking about studying abroad and you don’t know when you’re going to, start putting away $20-50 per week. You’ll thank yourself later.
Would you return to your host country in the future?
I am definitely saving up money to travel back to England. The people I knew there are graduating from college soon and I have to make sure I spend more time with them. I feel like I grew more within my months abroad than I did throughout my entire college experience. Nothing can compare to studying abroad. I will definitely visit England again within the next 5 years.