I can't stress how much I enjoyed it...

I've always had an interest in America but had never considered studying there until I went along to the Study Abroad meeting held for first year Economic students. Through the encouragement of my parents I decided to undertake the slightly scary prospect of studying abroad. I was successful in my application to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, just an hour from sailing at RutgersNew York City. I then set about filling out lots of forms, arranging my visa, flights and class schedules. I was overwhelmed with the choice of subjects available to me and it took a while before I settled on my classes.

I was based in New Brunswick which itself has 5 campuses. Upon arrival I met new students from many countries, all in the same position as I was. I lived in an apartment with 3 other girls from the US, Jamaica, and Japan. It's very common to share a room at American universities and I was fortunate to get along well with my Japanese roommate. It was interesting learning about the culture differences she was facing.

The classes were quite different from what I was used to at Reading, particularly in the way they were assessed. Homework, midterms, papers, finals and class participation all counted towards my final grades. This led to continuous assessment throughout the semester allowing students to see how they are progressing through the class. Extra credit assignments were also available in a few of my classes.

Whilst studying was my main reason for being there, I still found time to do lots of travelling. I made good use of the closeness of NYC and its good transport system and travelled within the US to Princeton, Boston, Orlando and Austin, and to Canada, visiting Niagara Falls and Toronto. I also took advantage of the many clubs including sailing and the programmes run by Rutgers including numerous trips to Broadway and day trips to go snowboarding.

Studying abroad enabled me to take classes in topics that I otherwise would not have had the chance to learn about including the financial and monetary history of the US. I was also able to join ODE, the International Economic Honours Society, through which I met many distinguished alumni. As a result of my time at Rutgers, I feel I have a much broader understanding of current economic issues. I can't stress enough just how much I enjoyed my time spent in America and I would recommend the experience to every student.

Rebecca Pollitt, BSc Economics

studied at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

 

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