June 4, 2012, by Mark


And so comes my final post, I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by, it seems literally yesterday I was boarding a plane destined across the pond. I am going to keep the writing to a minimum in this final post as I’ve created a video you’ll see the link for below, and I think a picture really does paint a thousand words. I’ve talked a fair amount about the workload and intensity of studying at an American university; it really has been work hard, play hard. This video however shows mostly the latter, for all the hard work I’ve done this semester it truly has been rewarded by some incredible moments, places and people. Waahoowa! This is what I will take away most from this experience, the people. Americans are some of the friendliest people in the world and for all the stereotypes and prejudices we may have in this country they really do go out of their way to help another and that is something I think we can all learn from.

In terms of what I’ll miss apart from the people I’ve met along the way, Bodo’s bagels, a bagel shop only at UVA that became part of my daily life. Frat life, that really is like you see in the films, red cups included. What won’t I miss? The slight lack of common sense, from overly complicated road signs to American spelling! Overall, it has been an incredible few months and I would like to thank all those involved in making this possible both sides of the pond. Sophie Hollinshead, my head tutor whom without her and copious e-mails this opportunity would not have been possible. The Nottingham international office, they really do know everything. And of course my parents, none of us would get very far without them.

If I could offer one piece of advice it would be don’t sit and wait for an opportunity like this to come to you. Whether it is studying abroad, travelling or anything else for that matter go out and make it happen for yourself. Studying abroad wasn’t an option on my course, BA (Hons) Humanities before I arrived. But with the help available at Nottingham University and my own initiative I can now say my degree title is BA (Hons) Humanities Intl.

So, where are you going to go next?

Study Abroad – University of Virginia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTDqnDz70zk

– Mark J Richardson

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