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Montclair State University

London, England

Spring 2016

Sam Tierney, Alumni Ambassador

1. What was your favorite class abroad?

Past in the Present: London, History, and Museums. Every week we went to a different museum in London, which was a great way to take advantage of the free museums around the city. It helped me learn a whole new perspective while at museums. I now like to think about how well the exhibits are set up and why they may be set up in that way. The assignments in the class were also very enjoyable. For example we had to make our own exhibit based on practically anything we wanted. While I enjoyed all of my classes, this one was a lot of fun because it was not the traditional classroom setting, and the instructor was so interested in the topics, which always makes a course better.

2. How has your study abroad experience shaped you today?

Studying abroad made me a much more confident and independent person. At the beginning, being away from home for five months seemed like it was going to be the hardest thing I would have to do. Now I look back on my experience feeling proud of myself for being able to do it and not holding myself back from anything. I saw so much of London and so many countries, and I conquered my overwhelming fears: homesickness, the fear that I would not make friends, taking classes at a brand new school, and working at an international internship. All of these things were running through my head, but I was able to do it, which led to feeling more confident and underestimating myself less.

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