Leah Hennick, last year’s Editor in Chief of the Honors Pulse, is currently spending a semester abroad at Keele University in England. Located about an hour south of Manchester, Keele is a strong academic and research institution that hosts over 120 different nationalities, while additionally serving as a popular destination for SNC students. We have been incredibly eager to hear about Leah’s experience thus far, and she was more than generous with sharing her time to give us all a brief update:
What has been your favorite part of your experience thus far?
“My favorite part of studying abroad thus far has been meeting new people! Since the UK attracts students from around the world, in addition to English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish students, I’ve met people from Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, as close as Ohio and as far away as Australia! I’m learning so much about different countries’ cultures and perspectives in a way I never truly could have back home.”
How have you carried over the values of communio and radical hospitality to your time abroad?
“Travelling abroad has helped me realize that “communio” and “radical hospitality” are ideals that are shared between us all, even if they are not called by the same names. Despite differing customs and traditions, everyone here has been so warm and welcoming and I have definitely found more similarities than differences with them.”
What advice do you have for students considering going abroad?
“For students hoping to study abroad, I would say keep an open mind. You’ll likely come in with a list of hopes and expectations. If things don’t turn out the way you planned, make the most of it and don’t stress about it too much. Talk to everyone, try everything you can, and travel as much as you are able to; allow yourself to really enjoy and make the most of this incredible experience!”
We look forward to continuing to follow Leah on this amazing journey of hers! Feel free to tag along with her study abroad instagram account, @Keele_Your_Darlings , and stay tuned for more pictures and experiences of honors students abroad!