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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Merima in England

Merima Prijic ’20, who is majoring in Economics and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is studying at the University of Chester in England.

Having the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom has given me so much more perspective on life, culture, and school. Adjusting to everything the first couple of weeks was definitely tough, especially the time change. However, it has all been so worth it. Living here and learning about a completely different lifestyle has been fascinating. My first few days here, I learned that not many students eat at the cafeteria. All the accommodations here at the University of Chester have kitchens, whether it is your own personal kitchen or a big shared kitchen. I have found myself cooking here more than I ever did in America.

Living in Chester has been a lot of fun. The city center is quite small, but there is still so much to do. There is a lot of history and architecture to see. In my free time I love taking random walks and just absorbing the beauty of this place. I love walking along the water and crossing the Queens Park Bridge because that part of the city is filled with nature.

My classes here are so interesting and different from what I typically take at Lake Forest. I am taking a Sports and Cultural Events class and an Events Management class. Lake Forest does not offer Events Management as a major, so it has been so cool to get the chance to experience it here. I never realized how expansive and global Events Management really is. I cannot wait to learn more about it.

I have met a lot of other study abroad students here and it has been such a pleasure getting to know different people. All the new international students recently took a trip to the Chester Cathedral and then a restaurant for real British tea. I also got to visit the National Football Museum in Manchester. These were both such great experiences. I want to take the time to say how much I appreciate the G. Dale Smith and Ruth Peterson Smith Endowed Scholarship award. Thank you so much for allowing me to have this once in a lifetime opportunity!