I first discovered Across the Pond when a close friend decided to attend Durham University. I asked how he made the decision and how he would go about making it happen. That’s when he told me he was receiving help from the Across the Pond program and how much it had helped him. I had always dreamed of studying abroad myself and had just recently completed my undergraduate studies, so when he told me this I jumped on my computer and got on the website, within 24 hours I was chatting with my incredibly friendly advisor.
She talked me through every step of the process; even if I e-mailed her late at night or during the weekend she’d somehow get back to me extremely quick. Even though I had my heart set on England, I accepted an offer in Australia instead. Once I started my program there I realized I had made a mistake and just had to go with the program I’d originally loved in London. I once again contacted my advisor and asked if it was too late and she reassured me I could still make it happen. Within 48 hours of making my decision, I had already, with my advisor's help, sent in my late application to my chosen school in London. Her support was more than I could have ever bargained for and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her from the bottom of my heart.
Once I arrived in England it was extremely easy to get settled because I made the decision to live in the dormitories. I attended Kingston University, located a mere 15-20 minutes from central London. I received my Master of Arts in Publishing and loved every minute of my MA experience! Kingston itself is a great place to live, although be warned the cost of accommodation can be quite high! This being said I suggest seeking accommodation a few months prior to arrival. Food and nightlife are not far from US prices and almost cheaper in comparison. If you feel like you’ll need a job to cover the costs there are plenty of places to apply, as Kingston is a massive shopping area.
During my spare time, I traveled to Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Copenhagen, and places within England. It was extremely cheap to travel in Europe and during my spare time from classes I had plenty of opportunities to explore London, which is and will always be my favorite city in the world!