Senior Student Advisor
Queen Mary University of London, UK
I have some retail experience from while I was in school, but what really lead me to the UK and Across the Pond was my academic experience and my desire to help people continue their own education. I have a BSc in Physics and a BMath from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. When I was applying for a master's program, I contacted Across the Pond who put on the necessary expertise to be able to have an unforgettable year at Queen Mary University of London studying for an MSc in Astrophysics.
Finding the exact program I wanted was a bit tricky in Canada, but there were lots of options in the UK. Pair that with the fact that a master's program was only 12-months instead of 2 years, who would turn down a chance to live in the UK for that?
My time in the UK was an incredible experience, and I learned a lot, both academically and in terms of personal growth. When I had the opportunity to apply for a position at Across the Pond after completing my degree, I didn't hesitate! There are a lot of nice perks about working for Across the Pond, but one of the major ones is that I get to help people achieve their academic goals with the opportunity to have the same life-changing adventure I did while living in the UK!
There are a hundred benefits to studying abroad in the UK. Some are practical: degree programs are shorter, so you can be out of school and enter the workforce quicker, and the UK offers a wide range of specialized programs to suit anyone's interests. Others are more subjective: the independent learning style of education, the rich historical culture, and the opportunity for personal growth. That said, my favorite benefit to studying in the UK is the opportunity to travel, both around the UK and even into Europe. It's fairly cheap and easy to get around, so students are able to get the full experience of traveling to new places while studying, which made my experience worthwhile all in itself.
Free entrance to museums, ample opportunities to sightsee and travel, ancient castles and churches, pubs, and the UK culture.