Studying abroad in England changed my life for the better and opened my eyes to the history of both ancient and modern Europe. Before departing, I was hit with a deluge of emotions from excitement to anxiety about the cost of the program as well as fear of the social challenges I might face. The people in the Bates Study Abroad Office assuaged my apprehension and walked me through each concern. Once abroad, I found the general population exceedingly friendly, helpful, and fascinated that I was from New York City.
There were so many aspects of my study abroad experience that I enjoyed. I walked in the footsteps of my favorite authors like D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forester, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Hardy. I enjoyed the opportunity to experience the English tutorial system in my creative writing course. Socially, I enjoyed talking and hanging out with a diverse group of students from English universities. As with all new experiences, there were challenges, but the staff and faculty at my program gave me ample support. Studying abroad helped me to gain more self-confidence and appreciate different outlooks on life. Trust me, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Sade Greene ’11
Bath, England — Fall 2009