Hey I'm Lauren, I don't know if you keep up with this blog but I'm 2nd year English at the University of Windsor and I've been searching for info about student exchange because I'm dying to do it! I'm seriously set on Keele as it looks amazing and I stumbled upon your blog and thought you looked familiar... from the editing/publishing book launch w/ Marty if I'm not mistaken? Haha anyway, if possible I'd love to know about your experience! :) Sorry for the long/somewhat creepy ask lol ”
Hi! I hope you haven’t been waiting too long for a reply! Yes, that was me at the Whisky Sour City/Talking Derby book launch last spring! You have a good memory!
Don’t worry, it’s not creepy at all. Before I went to Keele I found the tumblrs of some other girls who were also heading there, and we are still friends today!! :)
In short: Keele is amazing. I loved every moment I spent there. The people are kind and friendly, the modules are SO interesting (I’m going to guess that you study English, too? Correct me if I’m wrong!), and the whole experience is just great.
Please feel free to ask me questions! I’d love to answer them for you. :) If you want I can send my FB account privately and you can add me on there if you’re on Facebook! :)
Taken with Instagram
Good memories from this year!
(And an old work photo from a few years ago…)
Missing England so much today!
Hanging out in Keele Woods
Having fun in Hanley Park
Les Misérables - London West End, Queens Theatre
30 May 2012
The Making of Harry Potter - WB Studio Tour
4 May 2012
Navy Yard Park…
Less than a month now…so odd to think about!
I had a wonderful, relaxing time in Exeter after two fast-paced weeks of travelling! <3
Seeing the sights in Budapest.
April 16, 2012
April 15, 2012
Hello, I noticed that you're studying abroad at Keele. I'm planning on studying there in the fall. How is it so far? I'm a bit nervous but I feel like I'll have a great time there ”
Hi! I’m so glad you’re coming to Keele in the fall! I’ve had the time of my life here - I’m so sad to be coming to the end of my exchange!
Keele is a really great place - interesting courses (“modules”), good lecturers, and a real community feel. I’ve made lots of new friends here - home students and other exchange students as well. Most teachers are really willing to help you out if you’re struggling, and there’s a good support system all around (the International Student Centre is very good, too). It’s okay to be nervous - I think all of us are when we head off to a new place for the first time. I’m sure you will have a great time here, it is really wonderful.
If you have any more questions, just ask! I love telling people about my exchange or helping them to prepare for theirs. :) Good luck with everything! :D
Hi, I was thinking of going on a student exchange, and as it happens to turn out, either England or Canada are on the top of my list. Which would you recommend (I'm Australian)?? ”
Well, it’s hard for me to say - I love both places! Canada is a big place and I guess it depends on where you’re looking at, but there are lots of amazing and interesting cities in Canada like Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, not to mention smaller places and lesser-known provinces. I myself come from Windsor, Ontario…so I’ll just take this opportunity to pump up that university… :)
Canada is a really wonderful and friendly place, and I think you’ll have a good experience if you decide to go. There are lots of cool natural, outdoors-y places to see (check out our national parks), and if you enjoy some history, lots of cool little historic sites too. If you’re interested in seeing the U.S., you might want to look at come cities that are close to the American border so you can experience both countries.
As for England, I love it. The people here are also wonderful and friendly, and I’ve felt welcome here since I arrived. The culture is so interesting (really quite different from Canada’s), and if you like history, then this is definitely the place for you. You won’t see anything like the history England (or any part of Europe, really) has to offer in Canada. (That’s not to say Canada isn’t interesting - it’s just different.) England is also fun in a different way - the students here really like to have a good time! At my exchange university, Keele, there’s always some sort of event going on at the student’s union. It’s very social - people like to have fun.
I hope that helped a little bit! If you want to message me again or ask more questions, please feel free! Good luck choosing!