Across the Pond

Lauren

Student Advisor

Education

Edinburgh Napier University, UK

  • BA (Hons) English with a minor in History (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
  • MSc Publishing (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)

Contact information

lauren.c@studyacrossthepond.com

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

I joined Across the Pond while finishing my master's dissertation at Edinburgh Napier. I had gone from undergrad straight into a postgrad program, and while I was at Edinburgh Napier I started working in the International Office as an Ambassador. I loved being able to promote the school, talk about my experience to potential students, and overall just talk about the experience of moving to the UK, so when the job at Across the Pond came up, it was a perfect fit! This position also led me to spend more time in the UK and keep that connection, which I was so happy about since I loved my time studying in Edinburgh.
 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY IN THE UK?

I chose to study in the UK for two main reasons. I knew I wanted to study Publishing, but there weren’t many master's programs in that area in Canada. When I started exploring my options, it was between a program in Vancouver and a program in Scotland, and since both are about the same distance from my hometown, I figured I might as well move somewhere completely new! As well, I had family in Scotland, so I was really excited to be able to connect more with them and learn more about the place my family came from.
 

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING FOR ACROSS THE POND?

I like working for Across the Pond because it allows me to pass on my great experience to new students! I know how stressful the process can be, and I like being able to reassure students – because I’ve been there! My favorite part of the job is definitely seeing students get their offers – it’s always so exciting, no matter how many students you help.
 

I think people should study in the UK because it’s a great experience to grow as a person. Not only do you get to learn about the subject you’re studying, but you learn to become so independent and confident and get to see the world in a different way than you do just living back home. You will begin to look at the world from a new perspective after meeting people who grew up in different countries and have different knowledge. It’s such a great experience, and you’ll make friends from around the world who have the same passions you do.
 

My favorite things about the UK include easy travel options (within the UK and Europe), tea, history – it’s everywhere – fish and chips, Mary’s Milk Bar in Edinburgh