Across the Pond

Laura

Senior Student Advisor

Education

University of Roehampton, UK

  • BA Elementary Education (Loyola University, New Orleans, US)
  • MA Education (University of Roehampton, UK)

Contact information

laura.reid@studyacrossthepond.com

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU STARTED WORKING FOR ACROSS THE POND?

I was a teacher in New Orleans for six years before deciding to pursue a master's in education. I decided to look at options in the UK to gain a more international view of education and experience living abroad, but needed help sorting through the mounds of information to get to the UK. That’s when I found Across the Pond. I wouldn’t have gone to the UK without their help and arrived as confident and as prepared as I did.
 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY IN THE UK?

I chose to study in the UK for a few reasons. Academically, I felt that I would get a more well-rounded education pursuing a degree in education in a country other than my own. I could also complete the degree in just one year and it was more affordable than staying in the US to study. I felt comfortable expanding my horizons in a country where the native language was English and also felt drawn to a country rich in history.
 

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING FOR ACROSS THE POND?

I enjoy advising my students to provide them with as much concise information as possible to make an informed decision about where to attend university on an undergraduate or postgraduate level in the UK. Putting their minds at ease about their upcoming study experience abroad is rewarding and important to me. I love opening students’ eyes to a new culture and life experience that is easily accessible.
 

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE FROM THE US SHOULD STUDY IN THE UK? 

I think potential students should study in the UK to gain an international perspective in their area of study and to broaden their horizons on a more general level. Studying abroad forces you out of your comfort zone in the best way possible.
 

The way of life in the UK is something I hold very dear. I love the high streets, little supermarkets dotted everywhere, walkability, the normality of traveling anywhere and everywhere (pre-COVID), the British demeanor, everyone welcome at a pub, a pint, Sunday roasts, curries and the list goes on and on.