Hi, my name is Trish, I’m a second year Film and English student, and I’m going to be studying abroad at Humboldt State University in California for a year!
Although I’ve always wanted to travel, I didn’t think about doing a year abroad until my A level form tutor suggested it as I sent off my UCAS application – which came as a bit of a surprise to my parents when I got home and told them. Since then I’ve been preparing for the year. Although I didn’t set out with a plan of which country or even which part of the world I wanted to go to, after 3 different lists comparing all of the unis I could go to (I wanted to make sure I went to the best place for me…) Humboldt came out on top, much to the shock of my boyfriend who was hoping I would be a bit closer to home!
I chose Humboldt for lots of different reasons. The modules that I could do really interested me as they seemed to offer new and different things to the courses at Southampton, particularly the film courses where I may have the opportunity to do some practical filmmaking! Whilst I’m away I plan on focusing on modules that concentrate on American culture, meaning that I can explore the country both physically and in its literature in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do at Southampton.
I’m also very excited to be going to a uni that is not in a city! I can’t wait to explore all of the different landscapes that the north coast of California has, where the coast, redwood forests, and mountains surround the campus. As someone who loves the outdoors the location of Humboldt is definitely a plus.
As well as the courses and the location, I also plan on fencing and playing the cello in an orchestra – something that I already do in Southampton and would like to continue doing during my year abroad if I can.
On top of experiencing a different culture, meeting new people, and getting the chance to travel and explore, I’m hoping that my year abroad will teach me invaluable life skills. I hope that by experiencing a different culture and hearing new views that I will learn to appreciate how diverse the world really is and will teach me how to appreciate this diversity. When I leave I’ll also be starting a long-distance relationship which will be another new challenge and I’m interested to see how my idea of relationships with friends and family changes.
As everything is starting to fall into place now, my flight on the 11th August is coming up very quickly and I can’t wait for what I hope will be an amazing year!