Hard to Say Goodbye

Durham castle

When deciding to pursue a master's degree in the UK I was really excited for my year-long adventure, but very stressed about the path it would take to get there. Browsing the Internet, I stumbled upon Across the Pond and their services are definitely what helped me get to where I'm at now. The advisors that assisted me with my applications were very helpful with all the questions I had, and I could tell they were really interested in finding the university that best suited my wants and needs.

Through lots of research and a few YouTube videos, I decided that Durham University was the best fit for me and what I wanted out of a postgraduate university. Coming from the southern US, I was not used to the history and beautiful architecture that we have in Durham, so being exposed to the Durham Castle and Cathedral on a weekly basis has made me fall in love with the town.

My college is University (Castle) College, and it blows my mind to know that I can study and hang out with my friends in a thousand-year-old castle! My time in the UK has taught me how to use public transport, that sometimes a pint at 11 am is acceptable, that recycling is important, and that international friendships are the best. My journey at Durham is coming to an end which is making me reflect on all the things I need to cherish in the time I have left, but how good it is to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard.


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Helped Me Every Step of the Way

Durham student

Across the Pond was highly recommended to me by a friend, and it was an incredibly useful resource throughout my application process. Coming from an American high school, my college counselors didn't have a lot of experience with the UK applications system, so I mainly worked with Across the Pond on my personal statement and application. The information they provided me was critical, as it allowed me to complete my application with the confidence that I was doing it correctly. Additionally, they were vital when it came to applying for a student visa. The visa webinar was helpful, and I relied on those instructions throughout my visa application process. I honestly don't think I could've done it without their help. I'm now at Durham University studying Criminology!

I picked Durham because it's located in a beautiful, historic, small town, but is close enough to Newcastle that I can travel easily. I love walking along the river in Durham, especially when it's sunny, and I've taken up rowing so I can spend more time outdoors. Durham University also has a residential college system, which I absolutely love! It helped me make friends easily in my first year, and it creates a great sense of community that, especially as an international student, was very important to me. Deciding to go to Durham was obviously a big decision for me, but Across the Pond was there to help me every step of the way!


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