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UGA Exchange - University of Sussex : Testimonials (Brighton)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
The most significant take-away I have from this experience is to always have an open mind. Being able to experience part of a continent with such diverse history, culture, and customs, I was not allowed to have pre-conceived notions or stereotypes of not only people but the places themselves.
— Kalin Edwards, Spring 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Be adventurous! Don't worry about wanting to go out, thats encouraged! They assess you mostly on your essay skills so be ready.
— Gabriella Holmquist, Academic Year 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
I would suggest that those considering this program have an open mind. I would also suggest that they push themselves to really get out of their comfort zones. It is an entirely possible, especially in programs like this that you can go to a different country and just cling on to what's familiar the entire time but that really os disadvantageous to the experience as a whole. I would also suggest to be as social as you can be albeit joining clubs or even in class. The people you meet on an exchange define your experience. Also even in a country with a populace as diverse as The United States, I found myself learning so much about from the people I met. Their customs and their histories were absolutely fascinating. All in all, I would say to truly take in each day and enjoy it. These exchanges are very unique, even if one decides to travel after or has travelled before, studying abroad is unparalleled and definitely should be taken for granted.
— Kalin Edwards, Spring 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
It definitely made me happy with my decision to work internationally
— Gabriella Holmquist, Academic Year 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
As this was my second exchange, I believe it just further cemented the growth I had experienced during my first exchange. It further increased my independence and it definitely increased my confidence in myself. Having the opportunities to explore multiple countries within Europe entirely alone proved to be especially rewarding in heightening that confidence and independence.
— Kalin Edwards, Spring 2016