Hometown: Blaine, MN
Where did you study (describe institution and who were your classmates)?
I studied abroad at the University of Westminster in London, England. The school has 4 campuses spread across central
I had one class that was all British students, and I was the only study abroad student. Everybody thought it was great to have an American in class with them,
What courses did you take?
I took 3 classes while I was going to school in London, the first was called Imperial Capital World City: London 1750-1914. This course was focused on the rise of the British Empire. The second was Conflict and Commemoration: War and Memory in
Describe the best
The best part about studying history
What was it like to live in London? What were some of the most memorable historical and cultural sites?
Living in London was absolutely fantastic. I love big cities, so being able to live in downtown London was pretty much a dream come true for me, and it was certainly a huge change from living in Winona.
For the class that I took on the British Empire, we had the opportunity to have “field learning experiences” versus having class in an actual classroom. My professor for that class managed to pull some strings, and for our last field learning experience, we had the privilege of going into the archives in the houses of parliament. It was absolutely incredible to see so many original acts of parliament dating back to the 1400’s that were signed by Kings and Queens. That was probably the coolest thing I was able to experience in London. I had the opportunity to go to Stonehenge, which was pretty awesome as well.
Also, traveling around Europe while you are already there is very affordable, so I was able to go to Edinburgh Scotland, Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome during my time in England.
What advice would you give to students considering studying abroad?
Do it. Going abroad for an extended period of time might sound a bit scary, and I’ll admit that I was terrified because I went all by myself. Taking that leap across the pond made me learn a lot about myself, and I became much more independent as a result. Also, if you are considering to study abroad, don’t let the cost deter you. It might be fairly expensive, but I promise that the experience will be worth every penny.
Future goals and plans?
My ultimate goal in the future would be to get a job as a museum