Destination: University of Essex, England, UK
Duration: 1 semester (fall)
High School: Holy Names High School
What was the best thing that happened to you while on exchange?
One of the best things that happened while on exchange was being able to travel to Ireland to meet up with my cousin who was studying there for school as well. Being on exchange can be difficult sometimes, and homesickness definitely kicks in, so seeing family definitely helped a lot – especially since my immediate family couldn’t visit while I was abroad.
How did you finance your exchange?
I worked two jobs the summer before I left for exchange and had been saving up since my first year of university when I knew exchange was a possibility through the University of Windsor. Setting up a general budget for exchange also really helped me visualize how much I would need to save up before I left. While on exchange, I would put aside money weekly in terms of groceries and necessities, that way I wasn’t stressed about financing trips and outings.
What languages do you speak?
Only English! But, while travelling on exchange, it made me realize how much I wanted to learn a new language.
Who was the hardest person to leave when you went on exchange? How did you manage that?
No one was easy to say goodbye to before going on exchange. I won’t lie and say it’s easy to say goodbye to your loved ones, but the feeling of getting back and seeing everyone again is indescribable.
If you were to recommend exchange to your best friend, what would you say?
Put simply – do it! Exchange is an extremely rare experience, one that you will remember for the rest of your life. You’ll meet tons of people, see tons of different cultures, and learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.
Is there anything else that you would like to share?
When you’re travelling, don’t be afraid to have a plan, but don't get upset if they don’t always go accordingly! The best travel memories and stories happen when you’re not expecting them to.
A sample of the classes taken and credits received:
- SACR 3360 = Psychiatry and Mental Illness
- SACR 3740 = Crime, Media, and Culture
- PSYC 4220 = Emotion