"Studying abroad for a semester at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia has been the best experience of my life.
"I have experienced American culture first hand, including their different wildlife and college life itself. I lived in Framar house, the international living community, where everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
"I have made so many lasting friendships with Americans and other Internationals. Campus life was always thriving with different events for everyone to get involved including school dances, different fairs and the University's tradition of Devil-Goat day.
"I feel I have progressed both personally and academically and my cultural awareness has grown considerably. Despite being in one country, I learned about so many others just through meeting new people.
"I took every opportunity I could to travel around the States. I got to know Washington D.C. really well and to explore cities like Charleston, North Carolina, Savannah, Georgia and of course New York.
"If I could do it all again, I would without a second's thought. Anybody considering studying abroad should just go for it!"