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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Kathryn in England

Exploring with new friends Kathryn '22 (front) exploring the United Kingdom with new friends
December 07, 2021
Kathryn Eckburg '22

Kathryn Eckburg '22, an Environmental Studies major, is studying abroad at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England.

Hi! I’m Kathryn and I am a senior at LFC pursuing my degree in Environmental Studies. I am currently studying at Nottingham Trent University this Fall 2021 semester. My time here has been nothing short of amazing. I have had so many opportunities to explore England, and drink a lot of tea!

My courses here are very interesting. I am living in the city centre of Nottingham, but my classes are held on Brackenhurst Campus which is in the countryside. I get to take a lovely busride in the mornings and see the beautiful landscape. I am taking courses in a variety of ‘programs’ so to speak, so I am getting a little bit of everything.

Nottingham is definitely a student city. There is always something to do and somewhere to be. My accommodations here are on the international floor of a student residence, and so I have been able to meet and connect with students from so many different places! Obviously I meet and am friends with a lot of English students in my classes, but at ‘home’ I have befriended students from Mexico, Norway, Spain, Croatia, Finland, Germany and Argentina(to name a few). Meeting students from across the globe and being able to learn from them is something that this program has given me, and I cherish that.

I have really taken advantage of being abroad this semester, and have gone on an adventure almost every weekend. I have been to Stonehenge, Bath, York, Snowdonia, spent weekends in London, explored Peak District and Lake District, which are both beautiful national parks, and I have even gone as far as Paris and Dublin! Traveling here is very easy and affordable if you do it right! I am looking forward to making it to Manchester and Birmingham, and even Edinburg before I return to the States.

This is an experience I would not change for the world. I have always wanted to be able to study abroad, and I am so glad I was given the opportunity by LFC. I have met some truly amazing people and have been on some really fun adventures. Although it was a bit scary to think about leaving my friends and family, and the comfort of familiarity that Lake Forest provides, I do not regret spending part of my final year here.

Cheers, Kathryn!!

Nottingham Trent University:

Nottingham Trent

Kathryn at Stonehenge:

Stonehenge