About My Study Abroad Program
Major/Minor: Psychology (B.S.)/Chemistry minor
Program: Health and Society, King's College London
Location: London, England
Term: Fall 2019
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I chose to study abroad because I love traveling and being able to live in another country and earn course credit at the same time seemed like an opportunity I couldn't turn down. When I found the Health and Society program at KCL, I was excited about the possibility of being able to experience a different healthcare system through the shadowing opportunities associated with the program, meet other students from across the U.S. who have similar interests in medicine and public health, and live in an international city like London.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that even though it doesn't always feel right at first, it is the times when I push myself out of my comfort zone that I experience the most growth. I also think I gained a greater level of independence during my time abroad, and now, I am more confident in my ability to overcome any challenges I may face.
What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
One of my favorite memories from the program was walking up to the top of Primrose Hill with some of my friends. The area around the hill is quaint and relatively quiet with lots of small coffee shops and local stores. At the top of the Primrose Hill, there is an amazing view of the city.
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
I would encourage future study abroad students to embrace experiences that may push you outside of your comfort zone, because during my time abroad, these were the types of experiences during which I had the most fun, felt the most connected to the region of the world in which I was living and studying, and learned the most about myself. Try a new type of food, figure out how to navigate the local public transportation, and go out and explore your new neighborhood.
Would you do it again?
Definitely! It was one of the highlights of my college experience so far.
How were your classes abroad different than if you would have taken them at UNC?
My classes abroad were different from my classes at UNC because the class sizes were much smaller. This helped me to feel more comfortable participating in class and allowed me to develop a stronger connection with my professors. Also, most of my classes only had about two assignments per semester and did not have homework assignments that were graded or had to be turned in throughout the semester. As a result, most of my learning took place outside of the classroom through completing the class readings and essay assignments.
How do you identify?
If you faced any challenges abroad, where could you turn to get the support you needed?
If I were to have faced any challenges abroad, I could have turned to my study abroad advisor at UNC to get support. I also could have sought support from the Global Mobility Office at King's College London whose staff members are always willing to help students who are studying abroad.