Across the Pond

Merika

Senior Student Advisor and Event Coordinator

Education

University of Kent, UK

  • BA Political Science (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • MA International Relations (University of Kent, UK)

Contact information

merika@studyacrossthepond.com

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

I was lucky enough to start working for Across the Pond right after I graduated with my MA in England. I started part-time in 2014 attending recruitment events as well as helping with applications. Then I started advising students full-time in summer of 2015! I also started coordinating events for Across the Pond around 2017-2018 to go along with student advising.
 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY IN THE UK?

I took a year off after my BA to figure out what I really wanted to do for my MA. After a few months of looking into different options, I ran into Across the Pond at a Study Abroad Fair. Since the applications were free, I figured why not apply and see what happens. With the help of my advisor, I started to seriously think about studying abroad – especially since I had not been able to do that during my BA. In the end, it seemed like the best (and most cost-effective) choice for me! I had a wonderful time at Kent and it then led me to work with Across the Pond when I graduated.
 

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING FOR ACROSS THE POND?

The best thing about working for Across the Pond is talking about my time abroad to everyone. I love to travel and had such an amazing time studying abroad. I love to share those stories. It’s great to help students do the same thing and to get to hear their stories and experiences as well.
 

Studying in the UK is not as expensive as you might think! My friend and I compared our master’s program costs after we graduated – we did similar programs but hers was in Canada – and it turned out that mine was actually less expensive than hers. I also finished my program a year earlier than her, which meant starting to work earlier!
 

A few of my favorite UK things:
1. The museums! There are tons and they are free to visit.
2. The beaches in Scotland. I’m from Vancouver Island and we have some amazing beaches, the ones that I’ve been to on the Isle of Skye were absolutely stunning in comparison!
3. High tea – scones and clotted cream in particular.
4. Walking tours, especially the scary ones (the haunted walking tours in Edinburgh are lots of fun!)
5. Shopping – Primark and Poundland are amazing for students especially!