- Departure Date:
- Jun. 07 2014
- Return Date:
- Aug. 21 2014
- Local Institution:
- University of Virginia
- Local Advisor:
- Scott Ransom
- Foreign Institution:
- University of Manchester
- Foreign Advisor:
- Ben Stappers
- Student Status:
- Q. What country were you staying in?
stayed in Manchester, England.
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
The University of Manchester
- Q. How long were you there?
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
research mostly consisted of the looking at the evolution of the
profile of a particular pulsar (B0919+06) over time. I found it
interesting that I not only was working on data from a foreign
telescope, but I got to visit the radio telescope
(Lovell Telescope) where my data was originally taken.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
Being abroad in England was an interesting experience. Many of the
cultural norms and situations in England are similar enough to the
United States that I never felt like I was in a completely
foreign environment. A big factor in this probably was there was
no language barrier to deal with for the most part.
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
was quick to learn that there are many small differences between the
English used in England and the English I had become accustomed to
in the US. For example, instead of using ‘dollars’, they use
‘quid’, and instead of saying ’How are you doing?’ when greeting
one another, one would say ‘Are you alright?’ or simply ‘You
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
While I stayed in England, I was determined to maximize how I spent
my time abroad. Most weekends I tried to get outside the
Manchester City limits to see other parts of England and Europe
which included Peak District National Park, Lake District,
Edinburgh, York, Farne Islands, and Amsterdam. If I did not travel
outside the city, I spent my time on mini-longboard, skating around
the city and checking out various sites, shops, and pubs. One of
the trips I enjoyed the most was my trip to Amsterdam. In this
city, I finally quenched my thirst for that true study abroad
experience and saw a truly magnificent city. Furthermore, I really
enjoyed visiting Hadrian’s Wall. After visiting Rome before, it
was amazing to go from seeing the epicenter of the empire to the
very fringe of its reaches in Western Europe.
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
best advice I could give someone before going abroad is find out
things you want to do over in the country you’re visiting and make
them happen. You will never know when the opportunity may arise
again for you to do or see these things.
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
From my experience abroad, it really reinforced my ability to be
independent and still have fun. Most of my traveling to various
sites was alone, and if I had waited to do these things until I had
a companion, I would not have seen half the places I got to see
on my trip.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
only regret is if I had been more prepared before going on the trip,
I could have possibly fit even more weekend trips and side
adventures into my schedule.