On Making Your Study Abroad Experience Your Own, and Other Final Thoughts

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I started writing this post as a cheesy, nostalgic account of how much my year abroad meant to me and all of the great things I learned about myself and the world while I was here. I got about three sentences in before I realized how that would do nothing to accurately depict my point, and it would get nowhere in telling others what it’s like to study here, and here is why: Continue reading

Summer in the City!

It’s been so long since I’ve last written. Manchester seems both like just yesterday and like forever ago; I completed my spring semester, and it was definitely the best year yet overall. Now, I’ve just settled in to my apartment in Boston for the summer! I am so happy to finally be living here and working here. Given that I’ve spent my entire life frequently visiting Boston with my family, I’ve come to love the city, and it has become familiar to me on many levels. My sister goes to Boston University, I love the Italian atmosphere in the North End, and it makes me feel more alive to live by the ocean.

I am so blessed to have an internship in such an exciting city. I’ll be working on medical writing and editing at a very inspiring and successful pharmaceutical company, and this is the perfect time for me to learn about awesome career opportunities. It’ll be different than simply learning about career paths during my previous years at Colgate; this is so much more real because I will be graduating in 2019. Exactly a year from now, I’ll (hopefully) be settling in to begin my official first job, or perhaps graduate school.

The other interns are from all over the country and world. I am definitely looking forward to meeting new people and networking. Here are some of my goals for the summer:

  1. Always be confident.
  2. Work like Jason. (Jason is a guy from my dad’s work who is an incredible worker, always asking what else he can do, always contributing ideas for new ways to move forward).
  3. Don’t worry about anything.
  4. Fearless pursuit of excellence.
  5. Live in the moment, enjoy the city!!
  6. Write more.
  7. Be kind to yourself.
  8. Always go above and beyond, be mature, dependable, and responsible.
  9. Be a self-sufficient and independent worker, but also work well in a team.
  10. Learn new things each day in order to prepare for an exciting career.

I think ten is a good number, and this is a good variety of goals. Here are ideas of places to go this summer and things to do, which I’m sure will grow as time goes on:

  1. The Lawn on D at night.
  2. Eat lobster tails from Bova’s outside!
  3. Read outside, or even in the Boston Public Library.
  4. Walk around Boston Common (or have a picnic).
  5. See a baseball game at Fenway.
  6. Eat more lobster rolls.
  7. Go to the Mapparium.
  8. Eat a Boston Cream Pie.
  9. Gym membership at the Fit Rec.
  10. Watch a performance by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.
  11. Go to the ICA.
  12. Go to Museum of Science Planetarium.
  13. Go to Museum of Fine Arts.

I can’t wait to go to at least a handful of those places, and I know that time will go by faster than I expect. I’ll sleep soon, but I have a good feeling about this summer and my first day! I’ll write more later.

Missing Home, and other Not-So-Perfect-Study-Abroad-Experience Feelings

By Shannon Mahon, Villanova University, USA

My study abroad experience is somewhat unique (at least by American standards) in that I am studying at University of Manchester for the entire academic year. Of my friends and peers that go abroad, nearly all of them will only be gone for one semester or a summer. With that unique experience comes a unique perspective-especially because I went home for a month for our winter break.  Continue reading

Sorry Mom, I’ve Been Talking to Strangers

By Shannon Mahon (Villanova University, United States of America)

I am not a well-travelled person- well, not yet at least. My life has been limited to my small corner of the world in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. My social circle pre-departure closely reflected this fact- nearly all of my friends hailed from the same area, with travel history about as limited as mine. In choosing to spend my second year of university studying nursing in Manchester, I made a promise to myself.  Continue reading

First Impressions

By Poon Yun Xuan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Hello everyone! I’m Yun Xuan and I’m a Linguistics & Multilingual Studies major from Singapore! I’ll be spending a semester at the University of Manchester and I’m so excited to be sharing my experiences with everyone here.

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Let’s start with my first week here! Orientation was held during the first week, and there were fairs held for the different clubs and societies, as well as for sporting events. The first week definitely encapsulated the lively university spirit, with all the events and tours and talks and people handing out food discount vouchers (pizza and burritos for 1 pound? Yes, please!) Continue reading

Arriving in Manchester

The pitter-patter of rain, sirens going off in the background, red brick everywhere – no doubt, you have arrived in the great city of Manchester. Whether this is your first time in the U.K. or you have come as a tourist before, settling in as an actual student can be quite difficult, especially when you feel like the culture you are used to is worlds apart from what your eyes are now eagerly taking in.

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