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Annie Darling

"City's Exchange program offered me a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fully embrace and discover America independently"

Northeastern University

Northeastern was founded in 1898 and is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university has campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.

Where did you go and why?

I had always wanted to visit America and had toyed with the idea of working in there after university. I was not enticed at the thought of visiting for one or two weeks as a holiday. I wanted to experience the culture over a longer and more intimate period of time. By holidaying in America, I knew I would only ever see brief snippets of the country through rose-tinted spectacles. I would not fully understand the States, but instead perceive it superficially as you would do an acquaintance.

City's International Exchange program offered me a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fully embrace and discover America independently. Not only that, but discover it through the eyes and some-what unlimited circumstances of a carefree student.

What made you take this opportunity?

Originally, I had been hesitant to participate in the programme as I was unsure whether the extra year of study and subsequent cost would be worth delaying my graduation date. However, having now completed my year in America I would both encourage anyone who is considering studying abroad to do so and recommend Northeastern University as an exchange partner.

How was your experience?

Northeastern University is an excellent choice for those who wish to experience the college lifestyle in America. Students who live on campus are situated extremely close to each other and all of the university's facilities. I chose to study a variety of subjects, including a foreign language in addition to several law and international affairs modules. This has not only broadened my knowledge of subjects and skills which are transferable to my degree, but encouraged me to think more deeply about my career path and future choices. 

The mixing and sharing of cultures, ideas and languages has led me to re-evaluate my own personal perspective on what I want from my education and future career.

During my year abroad, I was also able to visit New Hampshire, New York, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Chicago, New Orleans, Toronto, Salem, San Francisco and Los Angeles. I will forever have the most incredible memories from my travels in America. I went kayaking in the bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico, watched the Red Sox win the World Series, enjoyed the view of Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building, took a tour of Alcatraz Island and danced to live Louisiana jazz bands.

Despite all the incredible opportunities I have had in America over the last year, what has made my time at Northeastern University so extraordinary are the people I have encountered. As an international student, I have not only been exposed to American students, but Australian, European, Asian and African students as well. This mixing and sharing of cultures, ideas and languages has led me to re-evaluate my own personal perspective on what I want from my education and future career.

What would you recommend for students who will apply?

I recommend that when students choose where they study, they don't just think about the weather. I have many friends who considered countries like Australia and Spain just because they liked the idea of visiting the beach each day. If you choose the right location and university for you, you'll experience so much more than what you expect.

If you choose the right location and university for you, you'll experience so much more than what you expect.

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