It changed me for the better...

Studying Theatre, Film and TV at Reading, being in close proximity to New York seemed like an obvious choice for me when I was choosing where I'd likeJodie Irvine - Studied abroad at Rutgers to study abroad. Rutgers University offered its own bus service straight into Manhattan extremely cheap, which meant for endless opportunities to see different shows on and off Broadway. As well as enhancing my degree, my time at Rutgers gave me a huge range of experiences that I look back on with pride. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to travel as much as I did, as well as meet people from all over the globe.

Living in the US-style apartment complexes as opposed to halls was something that worried me initially, I'd never had a roommate before, and I'd never been to a campus as large as what Rutgers had to offer. Living in the apartments was one of the best decisions I made whilst I was out there, as my 3 other flatmates were all study abroad students from different places around the world, meaning I got to experience their cultures (and food!) as well as live with people who were in the exact same position as me. In the other flats in our block were American students, which meant we got to make American friends as well as international ones, so it was the perfect mix. I got to travel all the way to Ohio with a friend for thanksgiving, as well as now having open invitations to stay with friends in numerous countries and continents.

The international team at Rutgers were all extremely welcoming and encouraging, constantly putting on events and talks for the international students so that we could meet each other and share our experiences. They were on call to answer our questions every hour of the day, and helped us arrange transportation, days out and even arranged a welcome BBQ, Pizza parties, Ice Cream parties and a Thanksgiving dinner for us.

Rutgers itself was full of extra curricular opportunities, they have thousands of societies and sports clubs to join, which gave me even more chances to meet new and interesting people. I also got to study for my course from an American perspective, which has proved incredibly valuable as I've continued with my degree at Reading, as the British way of creating Theatre, Film and TV in entirely different to almost all of the rest of the world.

Studying at Rutgers really opened my eyes to all of the opportunities and people there are out there. It has improved my confidence, my job prospects and given me friends for life all around the world. I look back on my time there with nothing but fondness, being pushed out of my comfort zone definitely changed me for the better...

Jodie Irvine BA Film & Theatre

studied at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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