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Semester Program Testimonials
Hi! I’m Jineen. I am double concentrating in Research and Account Management. I studied in London during Fall 2012 and it was the best time of my life. I know everyone says that but it’s actually true. Studying abroad is an opportunity that not many people take which is why want to help others students with this once in a lifetime opportunity. I couldn’t believe that I got to live and work in London and travel to all the places I had dreamed of seeing. I got to make incredible memories with the other Temple students as well as people I met with in London. I can’t wait for the day I can go back!
I knew I wanted to study abroad in London before I knew I wanted to go to Temple, but thankfully, they had the perfect program for me! I had the opportunity to explore London for three and a half glorious months full of British television, tea and traveling on the tube. I also had the opportunity to work in a British office thanks to the internship program where I not only got to write for an online community newspaper, but also edit submissions from the community. I wouldn’t trade my experiences in London for the world and I’d love to share them with anyone and everyone.
Hello! My name is Jamielee Barrett. I hope to work in audio production for either film, television, music, or video games.
When considering colleges, I knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to study in London, and Temple’s amazing program allowed me to do this in Fall 2012. I think its important to see the world and analyze new places, and London is such a great city to see so many different things. There is always something new to explore, and it is impossible to be bored there! I grew so much as a person during my time abroad, and I believe that anyone who is considering doing this program should go for it. It’s stressful and a little scary, but there is nothing that you will regret! Making friends, seeing a new place, and expanding your mind are all things that can only be achieved by experiences, and studying in London is certainly full of incredible ones. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I absolutely love talking about it.
Kandace Kohr Major: Communication Concentration: International Communication Graduation Date: Spring 2014 E-mail: email@example.com Skype: Kdogg141
Hi everyone, my name is Kandace, and I am an honorary Londoner of Fall 2012! As a Communication major, I knew that it was pivotal to understand a culture different than my own, and what better place to do that in London, arguably the world’s most globally diverse city. While in London, I’d extended my Student Affairs blog with 10 webisodes of my life abroad, in which I delved into study abroad topics and student testimonials. London was the best semester of my life, and now all I know is that I can’t wait to go back. I’m always game to talk about my semester abroad and where it’s going to take me next.
Hi, I’m Julianne! After transferring into the School of Media and Communication the second semester of my Freshman year, I found out we had a study abroad opportunity that would take me to London. In Fall 2012, I was accepted into the program and granted the opportunity of my lifetime. The time before I left for London flew by and before I knew it I was neighbors with the Queen! I still can’t believe I lived in London for about 3 months, had the best tea I’ve ever tasted, rode the tube and double decker buses, and took as many pictures as I could with red telephone booths. Studying abroad not only gave me the confidence that I can conquer anything I set my mind to no matter what the environment, but that when I have friends by my side–brand new friends for that matter–every moment becomes unforgettable. Feel free to contact me with any questions! I love to talk about London and my experiences there, but be careful! I am very persuasive and you will be walking away wanting to go to London! I can’t wait to go back, and if you want to go, you will not be disappointed!
Sarae Gdovin Major: Communication Concentration: International Communication Minor: Business Graduation Date: Spring 2014 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SaraeGdo
Hi, I’m Sarae! I studied abroad with the London program in the Fall of 2012 and loved it so much that I hope to return to work in the city someday! Before coming to college, I knew that study abroad was going to be a part of my experience. Luckily, the SMC London program was the perfect fit. I was able to spend my semester living, working, and studying in what I think is the best city in the world. The semester also allowed me to travel to 8 other countries and visit places I never thought possible. If you are thinking about studying in London, or anywhere else, just go for it! If you have any questions or concerns about studying away please let me know! I will do my best to answer any of them, and give insight as someone who has been there and back. Plus, it is one of my favorite things to talk about, so expect all the details!
Hello! My name is Diana Brody and I am majoring in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. Years of sitting in front of the television and ruining my 20/20 vision has inspired me to work in television production, preferably in post-production for video editing. In Spring 2012, I studied abroad in London and it was the best thing I ever did in my entire life. I could write pages and pages of my experience but for now, I’ll just tell you a little about myself and how studying abroad has changed me as a person. Before going to London, I was a socially awkward person known for having an unhealthy obsession with cats and creating inside jokes with everyone. While I sit here petting my cats William and Harry (London inspired!) and laughing over the many inside jokes my friends and I created during our time in London, I don’t feel like I can label myself as a socially awkward person. During my time there, I gained confidence that I knew I had, but just needed the right opportunity to let it out. Walking unfamiliar streets, seeing famous landmarks, and slowly building friendships let that confidence shine through and show others who I really am. While I had a lot of fun and exciting moments, there were also times of hard work through my courses and internship. I interned at Film London, a film and media agency who assist first-time filmmakers in creating short films. Sitting in the Tube on my way to work and looking at other people knowing they were in the same situation made me feel like a true Londoner because I was one of them. No longer was I considered a tourist. The great thing about studying abroad is that you’re not a tourist. You’re living in a flat, taking the Tube EVERYWHERE, going to the local grocery store (Sainsbury’s!) to make your own food and living your day just like any other Londoner would. The only difference is that you have a short time to consume not only the city but other parts of Europe before you must sadly leave and make your way back to the US.
As a peer advisor I want to tell students that it’s possible to study abroad under any circumstances. Besides financial aid, scholarships, and my own savings, I had no other financial support. Since my freshman year, I have planned financially and academically to study abroad. Sometimes I stop and think to myself, “Wow I actually lived in London. I walked on Abbey Road and rode a red double-decker bus. I visited the Guinness Factory in Dublin and got blessed by the Pope (unknowingly) in Rome. I stood where the Berlin Wall once stood in Germany and rocked out in The Cavern Club where The Beatles once performed in Liverpool. I saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Moulin Rouge in Paris. I did all of this.” And you can too because of Temple’s Study Away Program.
But hopefully you’ll be aware that you’re in the presence of the Pope (long story).
Hi! I’m Jen Babu, a journalism major and English lit minor at Temple University. I’ve always wanted to travel to England, where most of my favorite authors & Anne Boleyn once lived. My main goal was to go on a Jane Austen pilgrimage and see where she lived & was buried; I felt like that was something I needed to do before starting my life in adulthood, to be inspired. Temple’s London Study Abroad Program gave me all those opportunities, and more. I saw the Queen at Kensington Palace, celebrated the Chinese New Year at Trafalgar Square, stood at the Prime Meridian, went to a Holi festival, traveled to Dublin, Rome, & Berlin, and yes, I went to Jane Austen’s houses in Bath & Winchester and saw the place where she was buried. I did so much more than that, but the best part was feeling part of something bigger than myself. London is a vibrant, exciting, stunning city. Even if you never ventured out of it, there is still so much history and culture on every street. Don’t be afraid to jump on the Tube alone…sometimes the best memories come from that one step of bravery.
I’m studying Advertising in the copy-writing direction here at Temple University. I joined the Study Away program at SMC in the spring of 2011, and shipped off to London for nearly 5 months. Once I was there I used Europe as my muse, exploring 11 countries in total before returning home. To date I’ve been lucky enough to experience 20 different countries with 20 completely unique cultures.
I’m not hard to miss at nearly 6’5″, but, if you still haven’t been able to track me down, best bet is to check out my travel blog, http://www.thetravelowl.wordpress.com. That’ll probably tell you where you just missed me or at the very least, where I’m going to next. Although sometimes difficult to find, I’m always easy to reach. Feel free to contact me by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. I’m definitely someone that’s always connected:
Hello, my name is LaToya Stroman and I am a BTMM major. Most people call me “Toya.” I am fun, friendly and motivated to succeed. I am from Philly and I love to travel, meet new people & enjoy life. Along with being a student, I decorate on the side and volunteer for inner-city youth projects 90% of my time. I know it sounds weird (smile). I studied in London in the Spring of 2011 and it was literally LIFE CHANGING. My time there was so incredible, I stayed an extra month and house sat for a co-worker I met while interning. I interned at Shorts International and worked my butt off, interviewed for the job and its waiting for me after graduation. I have overcome some really difficult times in my life and I am determined to be successful and be effective in my community. My life quote is “finish what you have started.” Contact me at any time – you can always find me in the Study Away office (Room 6 in Annenberg Hall).
I’m a journalism major at Temple, originally from Wilkes-Barre in Northeast Pennsylvania. I would describe myself as a silly goof with a huge heart and a naturally people-oriented person. As a student, I chose to study Communications because it will always be prevalent in interdisciplinary fields and contexts. My current role as a multi-media intern at Campus Philly is preparing me for post-graduation. Additionally, it allows me to pursue my goals at the present; I photograph major events for Campus Philly and I’m responsible for regularly updating and organizing their virtual photo library.
In Spring 2011, I studied in London with some of the most amazing and inspiring people I’ve ever met. Additionally, my most ambitious work experience was my internship abroad at the World Photography Organisation offered hands-on work, including writing news articles published on their website, conducting research for worldwide photographers, and implementing marketing and social media strategies in preparation for a major event – the World Photography Festival and Sony World Photography Awards 2011. This internship and the entire study abroad London experience broadened my worldview and made me realize that international communications skills are a necessity.
My interpersonal capabilities and my passionate involvement with photography will ultimately lead me to a future career that involves two primary elements: people and a camera. I would love to explore the broad field of visual communications – particularly social documentary photography. A perfect job would also encompass some sort of social work. If I was able to simultaneously provide counseling treatment and photograph members of the community that seek improvement from social programs, it would be my dream career.
I’m Jessica Philo, and I’m an Advertising major/English minor from Phoenixville, PA. I studied in London during Spring 2011 and ever since my return from London not only have I been pining to go back, but I’ve become obsessed with promoting Study Away. I believe that everyone who dreams of studying abroad should pursue their dreams and make them a reality. Studying abroad is an amazing way to immerse yourself in another country’s culture and way of life (not to mention the amazing experience it is in its entirety), and once you graduate it becomes a lot harder to temporarily move to Europe (if you could imagine that).
With that being said, I’m here to answer your questions about studying abroad. Please don’t be shy! No question is too off the wall or awkward, and I’d be more than happy to meet with you. I also keep a blog where I log all of my London study abroad advice, which you can find here http://jessicaphilo.wordpress.com/category/london/. Feel free to mouse around there if you’re curious.
Hey, I’m Hadar Spector and I’m a Communications major who studied in London during the Spring 2011 semester. I absolutely loved London and I miss it everyday. There was always something fun to do and my time there was one of the best few months of my life. I even traveled for 5 weeks on my own after the semester and I ended up seeing cities in 8 different countries over all!
I’m a music enthusiast, whether it’s listening, attending shows, writing about it, or just singing in the shower. I also have a love for photography and eating ice cream in my spare time. If there’s one phrase I choose to live by, it’s definitely the Beatles quote, “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”
My name is Daniel Polis. I’m from Cheltenham Pennsylvania and I’m a Film and Media Arts major at Temple University. I went to London in the Spring 2011 semester, and it was there that I had the opportunity to intern at a major independent film festival as well as a chance to travel throughout Europe. Just a week and a half after returning from London, I packed my bags once again and set off for Temple’s Los Angeles Internship program. There I interned in television development at an Emmy award winning production company. I believe that both of my study away experiences with Temple shaped me into who I am today and prepared me for the next step in my life.
I’m Danielle Marinese, a Communications major who still has no idea what she wants to do after graduation, to the dismay of every adult who asks. I also don’t know how to whistle, dive into a pool, or sing the correct lyrics of top 40 songs. I do know that studying abroad in London during the fall of my junior year was one of the best decisions I made as a Temple student and I love to help future study abroad students not make the same mistakes I did while I was away (like nearly missing every international flight I booked).
I’m Meghan White, a BTMM major originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I studied in London in the Fall of 2010. While there I made a point of exploring museums, markets, parts of Europe and of course, pubs. I interned at CCD PR, which was more or less sandwiched between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, which gave me my weekly dose of tourism and also allowed me to pretend that I was in Harry Potter while walking down Shaftesbury Ave. One of the highlights of studying abroad was getting to explore Europe for a week during fall break. My trip involved a lot of running to catch trains and getting a bit lost everywhere we went.
In addition to telling everyone that they should study in London, I also write a craft column for The Temple News called “HandMeg.” I maintain a slightly ridiculous blog that is not at all related to travel (www.dishguts.com).
*If you’re emailing me, please put something about your Study Away interest in the subject line. From there I’d be more than happy to set up a face to face meeting time on campus or on Skype!
Jaclyne Hopkins Major: Double-major in Communications and History
“My study away experience meant the world to me, literally. I took away that traveling is a blessing and being able to study culture, especially media, in a country other than the US, makes us more aware individuals. I grew not only as a student of Temple, but as a person of our world, because the global outlook I received by studying in London (especially during the 2008 presidential election) allowed me to broaden my scope of interest in world affairs and share my knowledge when I returned.”
Summer Program Testimonials
I’m Sam, I’m an Advertising major focusing in copy writing. I decided to study abroad the summer after my junior year, and if I could go back and change anything I totally would have gone for a full semester!! I studied in London and absolutely loved it! I’m determined to eventually live there, because during the six weeks I spent there, I completely fell in love with the city. I found London really easy to get accustomed to and I never got home sick.
I think studying abroad is an experience everyone should have if they have the ability to. It opens your eyes to other cultures and gives you the chance to explore other parts of the world pretty easily. It made me love traveling even more! I was a little hesitant about going so far at first, but I can honestly say it was the best six weeks of my life and not a day goes by that I don’t miss it!
I became a peer advisor because I love sharing my stories about Europe and I think it’s great I can help convince people to study abroad and answer their questions about it! I’m definitely willing to help out anytime and can be contacted in a few ways!