Hillary Myers - 2014 Program Participant

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad because there is a whole big world out there to explore and I knew that this was one of the few times in my life that I would be able to pick up and move to another country for four months without any huge responsibilities. 

How did you discover CAPA’s London program?

I needed to get credit for my classes that I took abroad so I looked into the programs offered at my school, and they work in collaboration with CAPA to offer credit for classes. 

Why is CAPA an interesting program to study abroad with?

It is interesting because when you get over to London, they don’t just “drop you off” and make you learn about London on your own. CAPA offers tours, excursions, and free events to help adapt to life in London and learn about the history, as well as some fun events to help the students get to know each other.

What is the best thing about the CAPA program in your opinion?

CAPA really wants to work with you to make sure you get the most out of the program. They are there to support you with answers to things as simple as where a good place to get lunch is to academic questions. 

What was your personal favorite part of the London program?

My favorite part of the program was the MyEducation events. These events were there for students to provide us with cultural experiences that are relevant to our courses and also things that we aimed to see or do while in London. 

What's one thing you would have done differently looking back? 

One thing I would have done differently is planning ahead. I needed to take certain classes in order to graduate on time so I took three business classes and one fun class. I wish that I had planned going abroad earlier so I could have taken another fun or interesting class while in London. One of the classes I wish I had taken was “Exploring the Global City” because it consisted of a lot of field trips to cool areas of London or interesting museums. 

Describe a day in the life of your program.

A day in the life of my program is class from around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In between classes I would go to Sainsbury for a £3 sandwich, drink, and bag of chips, and hang out with my friends until my next class. Then after class I would either go out for a meal in a fun new area of London or I would stop at Tesco and make a nice meal in our flat and hang out with my roommates. Then I would go out to a cool club or bar and meet up with some of my friends that lived in another area of London.

How did studying abroad in London change your life?

Studying abroad has changed my life in ways I didn’t even know were possible. I went abroad without any of my best friends because I wanted a new experience, and I became so independent. I also really learned how to manage my time between exploring London, travelling, doing work, and making time to speak with my friends and family at home. It has also showed me that there is so much out there in the world to see and do, and I learned that I would love to live abroad some day, and travel the world like I did when I was abroad. Studying abroad has changed me for the better, and I can’t wait to go back to London some day soon.