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Thoughts on Studying Abroad Next Year

I’m going abroad to study in England next school year. It still feels weird to say. It’s surreal to believe that I am not going to move into Dickinson’s Carlisle campus and see the same familiar faces everyday.

I guess this is something I’ve wanted having grown up watching Doctor Who and absorbing English media. I wanted to know what it was like to be immersed in the culture. At first, I was just going to do a semester, take classes there and come back having lived in England for a bit, but everyone I spoke to looked at me like I was crazy. My uncle basically said he would disown me if I didn’t go for a year.

I want to say it was the pressure from everyone that made me decide to change my application last minute but I actually thought about it. What is the harm in a few extra months? This will really give me time to be immersed in the culture.

Of course it will be scary to live in a country away from my parents, but I am so excited to have so many new experiences that I wouldn’t have, if I had stayed on Dickinson’s campus. I can say being from New York does have an advantage to having new experiences but I’ve always wanted to go beyond that. What is something I can learn outside of America? As a student and a writer?

I have so many questions and little time to prepare myself for being away. I guess I’ll have to deal with it like other new situations. I’m just going to take the plunge and see what happens.

Julia Mercado

Dickinson '20

Julia is an English major who just loves to write. You can normally find her looking for the next Netflix original to watch... or coming up with her own script ideas. With Her Campus, she hopes to reach out to other college women like her!
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