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Erin Browne, a Journalism major at Colorado State University, spent a fall semester at the University of Leicester studying Film Studies. Her study abroad experience has helped her with her current endeavors, even landing her a managing editor position at a travel website. Erin had invaluable experiences abroad, learning English culture and educational approaches, and she has plenty of useful tips to share.
"A lot of people speak English, but I always try to learn a few phrases in the native language."
In your article on An admiration studying in England, you talked how you were infatuated with the surroundings in the country, which attractions did you love the most? In your opinion, what is one place in England that a student should absolutely visit?
That is a hard question to answer, because I loved everything I saw! London is full of amazing places to see and explore. However, England is a decent sized country and has a lot to offer. I thought Nottingham was beautiful and the castle there with the caves below it was a great way to spend a day. I would encourage anyone studying in England to go there. The city is quaint and the caves were really cool.
You emphasized the fact that England is a country foreign to Americans, as opposed to some views that as an English-speaking country it is not any different from the U.S. What is one of the characteristics of England that you find separates it most from the United States?
The way the line up for everything! No, I am just kidding (sort of). There are a lot of subtle nuances that make it different. Everyone is very polite, not that Americans are not, it's just a different sort of politeness. They have different terms for things obviously, and also the amount of tea the drink, it's like water!
GoAbroad: While studying at the University of Leicester, what was one of the main differences in teaching style you observed, in comparison to your courses at Colorado State University?
In England students are expected to do much more on their own time. I only had 9 hours while in Leicester so I had a lot of free time on my hands, whereas at CSU I felt like I was always in class. However, you need this extra time to study because they expect so much more of you when it comes time for exams. It is a bit more rigorous over there.
How have your study abroad experiences helped shape your endeavors in the field of Journalism?
Well, thanks to my study abroad experience, I now am the managing editor of a travel website, . My experiences abroad really help me shape the site and write content for it.
What cultural activity in England did you find the most memorable?
I had the pleasure of attending Bestival Music Festival on the Isle of Wight while I was there. As a music freak, that was an absolutely amazing experience. And English music festivals are different from Americans. They have tea and toast carts everywhere.
What is the best advice you can give to students interested in studying in England?
Go. Just do it. Although I would say that of someone interested in studying abroad anywhere. England however, has so much to offer, and you don't have to learn a new language if that isn't your strong point.
Name one essential item needed when studying abroad in England.
Rainboots. They take up space in your suitcase but you'll thank me later.
GoAbroad: Have you visited any other countries? What has been your biggest challenge adapting to a new country?
I have! I have been to Mexico, Italy, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. I am pretty adaptable but I would have to say language. A lot of people speak English, but I always try to learn a few phrases in the native language. My Dutch was embarrassing.
Clearly, you loved your study abroad experience in England. If you were to study abroad again, which country would be next on your list?
Australia or the Czech Republic. Although I am actually looking into Australia's working holiday visa to try and move there for a year. Just because.