By: Amy Imus, Foster Undergraduate
Well I will be heading home in one week so I thought that this would be a good time to write my final blog entry. I don’t think I can sum up my experience here in Manchester in a few simple words because it has been such an incredible experience. From the places I traveled to, to the amazing people I’ve met I could not imagine spending my study abroad any other way. This all happened while I got to know this unique city. One of my favorite parts about studying in Manchester has been that fact that it is not a tourist city. There are not many landmarks or big attractions here (unless you are a big soccer fan!) but that allowed me to feel like a local and really immerse myself in the city instead of feeling like a perpetual tourist. The city has so much to offer students and it really made my time abroad wonderful. It’s also conveniently located close to London, Scotland and Ireland for travel.
I am currently in the middle of writing my final essays, which is the alternative to exams for international students, and it is not as bad as I thought it would be since there is plenty of time and places to study. Also, most of them are due in January but it’s better to do them before break since UW starts before they are due. I was worried about finding an average of 15 sources for each paper but most teachers will give you a bunch of articles to use as sources so it’s really not that bad. I will take away from this trip new experiences, new friends, a new appreciation for the places I’ve been, and 5 business classes (awesome deal if you go fall quarter!! =20 credits back home or 24 if you take 6 classes).
I already have plans to return to Europe and to meet up with the life-long friends that I have made here, which is the only thing making leaving bearable. I would recommend Manchester study abroad for anyone who is independent, easy-going, makes friends easily and wants a real UK student experience. You meet just as many locals as you do international students. Hope this helps anyone looking into Manchester, Cheers!