1. Why did you choose this particular location to study abroad?
Ideally I wanted to travel somewhere that spoke english and had vibrant art and city life, I liked Liverpool because it's a smaller city compared to New York or London but there are still tons of museums, restaurants, and other places to explore that are easily accessed through public transportation. Additionally, I was excited to go on a program that few Susquehanna students have been on.
2. What was the most meaningful interaction you have had with a local?
My favorite interactions have been with the staff of my favorite cafe. I work on my homework there, mooch off their free wifi, and enjoy conversation with the baristas and wait-staff. All off them are very friendly and curious to Americans coming, as a lot of the study abroad students have made the cafe a second home. I've enjoyed talking to them about not only American and their experiences but of the oddities of Britain and our favorite music, and have been given amazing insight o the glories of British pastries.
3. Have you had the opportunity to explore your city?
Where have you ventured, and why did you select those places?I began exploring the city with organized group trips, we went to Sefton Park, near my dorm, and ventured into the city center to see the Albert Docks and the shopping area; they also plan to take us to see the Cathedrals as part of our "British Life" course. I've traveled in separately with friends to check out pubs to watch Liverpool FC games and wandered around with a group, finding shops we liked and wandering into the free museums. I'm lucky to be here during the Liverpool Biennial, so I'm working to go to more galleries and around the city to see the special art that they have on display. I also have a list of places to visit that I've skimmed off Pinterest and some of the travel brochures given to abroad students.
4. How does your major tie into your study abroad plans?
As a Creative Writing and Editing/Publishing major, I will be taking a poetry class with UK students, and am also taking an art class that I hope will stimulate my creativity further. Although I initially hoped to take some radio classes to fulfill my Broadcasting minor, I instead am planning to join their radio station recreationally to get involved.
5. In order to challenge yourself, how have you stepped out of your comfort zone since being abroad and have you continued to strive for new experiences?
One of my challenges has been to allow myself time for solitude; I'm more responsible for myself here, so I'm trying to block out time to be responsible and do things like grocery shop with an actual list, balance my budget, and go to the park for a run. However, I'm also challenging myself to adventure out while I'm here, taking opportunities for day trips to Chester and London, and befriending international students who are interested in exploring the city and planning some weekends to other European countries. I've placed a priority of making this my home, so I'm trying to experience Europe while finding a slice of Liverpool to call my own.