Study Abroad Update

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything about London so I figured it was time to write an update post.

After getting accepted, I had a really rough few days where I had to get everything done. I went to my study abroad adviser on Wednesday morning and had exactly 48 hours to get all of the paperwork done in order to go.

As you can imagine, I was completely stressed out. At that point it would have been much easier to not go than to get all of that stuff done. But I powered through it by skipping class and being a couple of hours late to work. It wasn’t the best situation, but I got it all done and found a ton of support from my boss and professors. Studying abroad is not an easy thing to do, but it’s my dream and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get there.

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Part of my paperwork was getting my modules signed off by my business adviser. Once again, I had to be difficult and decided that I wanted to use this experience towards an International Business minor. I skipped class to go see my adviser only to be told that she couldn’t help me and sent me to talk to two other advisers for my minor.

I was super stressed and sent out emails to both of the other advisers. Luckily, one of them agreed to meet with me the next day at 2:45, the only problem was that I worked at 2:30. I frantically texted my boss and told him that I had to meet with an adviser and couldn’t be to work until 4. I am just really grateful that I have a boss who cares about my education as much as I do. He agreed to cover for me so I could make it to the appointment!

The man I met with, Bret Wagner, was so nice and calmly figured everything out for me! He basically told me to take any classes that I wanted to and he would work them into an International Business minor! I am so thankful that he was nice enough to fit me in during his lunch hour!

Finally, Friday rolled around and Brett (my boyfriend) saved the day again by driving all the way to my work to drop off the final paperwork for me to sign! He then drove all the way back to school to give it to my study abroad it adviser. I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend who encourages and helps me follow my dreams.

Honestly, that was such a stressful, hectic week and I’m so glad it’s over. Regent’s emailed me the other day and gave me my official move in date, January 25! I am really hoping to hear back from some other students going to Regent’s as well because I don’t want to have to fly over by myself…

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I’m still stressed out over trying to find people to fly with, buying a plane ticket, and finishing my giant to do list. But I know that I will get everything done in time. January is approaching so fast and I am anxious to begin this journey!

Thanks for reading!

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Study Abroad: Application Process

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I just finished my application for spring 2015 Study Abroad semester at Regent’s University! London, here I come!!!

In all honesty I am scared to death that I won’t get accepted. I would be heartbroken because I have put my life on hold to follow my dreams! I moved back home with my parents, told my boss that I’m leaving, and have informed my whole family of my plans. So please pray that I get accepted. It would be the most amazing opportunity of my life!

The application process itself wasn’t that difficult. I had a couple of appointments with the U.K advisor at my University where she basically guided me through the process. I filled out a bunch of paperwork, wrote a “Statement of Purpose” essay, and got two facility recommendations. Luckily, the whole application was online which made it pretty simple to get done.

I struggled a bit with the essay because it was limited to 500 words about why I wanted to go. For me it’s not about wanting to go, it’s about needing to go. I know that I am meant to go to London and experience life in the U.K. I just had a hard time conveying my dreams in only 500 words. Studying Abroad means so much to me and I hope the Regent’s sees that from my essay.

I tweeted that I finished my application and Regent's University favorited it!

I tweeted that I finished my application and Regent’s University Favorited it!

The facility recommendations were also hard to come by. I chose my favorite professors and both of them agreed! I provided my professors with my resume which I definitely recommend doing! Not only did my resume provide them with extra information about me to use but it also provided me with two sets of extra eyes critiquing my resume! Both professors gave me awesome feedback that I used to improve my resume!

Now it’s just a waiting game. The application wasn’t due until October 15th but I was able to turn it in a month early. I am hoping to get early acceptance so I can start planning and budgeting further. My fingers and toes are crossed that I get accepted but if not I will find some other way to fulfill my dream.

I am so overwhelmed with how supportive everyone has been! My boss, my family, my friends, Brett, and all of you guys have helped me so much along this journey. I can’t thank all of you enough for believing in me and guiding me through this!