Kicking off My Mid-20s by Doing Something Bold

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When considering doing graduate study, I knew there were a few options on the table. I could stay in the United States and pursue a 2-year master's degree or I could move abroad and complete my master's in one year. Plus, I’d have the unforgettable opportunity to move to a different country at least once in my lifetime! The answer was simple for me.

As someone who had always wanted to travel, but had never gotten the opportunity, I knew I wanted to kick off my mid-twenties by doing something bold.

One of the best aspects of the University of Surrey has been the faculty. They really are the best in their individual fields, and I have been so impressed with how readily they involve students in their research and connect them with professional contacts. It is so rare in the United States for esteemed professors to be so approachable and friendly, but truly every person that I have met in England has genuinely taken an interest in their students and has done whatever they could to bolster their success. I have always felt as though the faculty members were available to me for questions about the course, the assignments, and general knowledge about the field and the opportunities available for master's degree students.

All in all, studying at the University of Surrey was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Their high-caliber program and world-class faculty have made all of the difference in my experience with postgraduate study.


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Traveling Somewhere An Hour or Two Will Bring You Somewhere Totally New!

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I am Holly, an undergraduate Computing student from Bellevue, Washington. I was born in California but have spent most of my life in Washington. If you know anything about Washington, I pretty much fit the stereotype. Rain, hippies, and Starbucks run the state. The Seahawks are the best American football team, and we will win the Super Bowl again one day.

I grew up with English parents; I am a first-generation American. I had a dream to come back to, as I call it, the 'mother land' to experience living in my second culture. Thinking back now, it makes me laugh that I once claimed so passionately and with such determination that I was English and not very American. That is far from the truth: I am definitely an American, but instead of denying it, as I once did, I love it. Moving from America has opened my eyes to how different, but special both countries are.

Part of the reason why I wanted to go to school in England was the possibility of travel. The diversity of the countries nearby is immense, so just traveling an hour or two will bring you somewhere totally new. I've been to Zurich and Lucerne in Switzerland, Oslo and Bergen in Norway, and Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye in Scotland.


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