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IES: London, Queen Mary University
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Lauren Bello

Liberal Arts Major(s): English
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

There have been so many amazing experiences during my time abroad. However, the most rewarding part would be all of the amazing and interesting people that I have met. I haven't traveled much in my life; being in London, I get to meet people from so many different countries. They all have such incredible stories to share, and I feel grateful to have gotten the chance to learn from them.

I have gained inspiration from my surroundings, my experiences, and the people I have encountered, which makes me see the world in a vastly different light.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was challenged academically from the moment I arrived at Queen Mary University. The way that the education system works in London is vastly different from what I am familiar with at Penn State, which forced me to work hard. I appreciate that I was able to learn so much and gain knew studying skills that I can bring home with me. My work ethic has improved and has given me a taste of a world outside of the one I know.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Through my study abroad experience I was able to challenge myself and develop skills that will give me an advantage with my career goals. I had to adapt in a new environment where I was completely on my own and figure out the best methods for me to succeed. I have gained inspiration from my surroundings, my experiences, and the people I have encountered, which makes me see the world in a vastly different light.

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