Hello! My name is Nichole, I'm the Ambassador for North America and I’m currently a third-year undergraduate at UEA studying International Development with Overseas Experience.
As a degree programme, International Development is not at all common among undergraduates in the U.S., but UEA is one of the best in the world. Among all the schools I’d applied to, UEA was the perfect balance between being strong academically and being a friendly and dynamic community. As for studying abroad to begin with, I wanted the experience of being an international student in a place with which I was totally unfamiliar. I’d grown up in a very metropolitan area, so I was after something more homely yet just as vibrant. A lot of my peers and my community questioned my decision, but I knew it would be the more fulfilling path for me. “Do different” was UEA’s motto, and that spoke directly to who I am as a person. I loved the challenge and the unpredictability of it, which to me just seemed like an adventure!
I was shocked at how easy it was to apply compared to American colleges. There are no supplementary essays, just one universal application, which itself is simpler than the Common App. Personally, I used a free agent called Across the Pond to help me throughout the application and visa processes, and they were an immense help in understanding the UK system. Another plus is that you avoid exorbitant application fees by applying through UCAS. Lastly, I remember submitting my application as early as possible since many schools give out offers on a rolling basis.
I felt like I was in the neighbourhood in Paddington. The city seemed so historic and quaint yet so warm and alive. In the blur of the first few weeks, I was surprised at just how much there was to do to in and around it, and even still, I doubt I could ever get bored of it. It packs a punch for its modest size, and it really is a hidden gem tucked away in the countryside.
I study BA International Development, and I am always impressed by the faculty and staff at the school. Not only do they come from all over the world, but they have the widest range of interests and specializations. I can find almost anyone who shares my interest in something, no matter how niche. Beyond that, they are also deeply passionate and caring about the field, and by extension, us students. I feel so supported by them as well as inspired, and every day that I study development at UEA, I only become more certain that this is the career path for me.
During my three years at UEA, I have been part of the gymnastics, climbing and baseball & softball clubs. As a first year, I hadn’t competed gymnastics in nearly six years, but I quickly found friends among the most elite gymnasts and absolute beginners. As for climbing, I had never touched the sport before in my life, yet it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at UEA thus far. I am so grateful to the climbing club for both the outdoor adventures and friendships I owe to it. This year, I decided to throw myself into baseball & softball (being American and all), and I couldn't be happier! Playing in English weather and sliding into bases through the mud only makes it all the more fun!
The advice that I’d give to anyone who considers studying at UEA is work hard on your degree but hang loose too! UEA is such an open, happy and easy-going place to be, so don’t be afraid to try a new sport, join a crazy society, explore the city and countryside, go to the beach or just relax every now and then. Make a home in Norwich, but at the same time, make the most of being abroad, especially if you’re an international student. Three years goes by in a flash, so take every opportunity you get to travel, whether it’s around the UK or the rest of Europe. Don’t think of the idea of studying abroad as a risk but rather an opportunity!
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