Study abroad exchange: Daniel Ridholls

"For my student exchange, I attended Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia for a semester, between January and May. There were many reasons I was interested in taking part in the study abroad programme, such as the opportunity to experience and immerse myself in a new culture and society. I was excited by the prospect of moving out of my comfort zone and fully embracing the American college lifestyle. Additionally, this was a chance to meet new people from all over the world, as part of the international programme, and broaden my understanding of different cultures and people. I viewed the chance to study abroad as a way of developing myself both academically and personally.

For me, the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved my entire time in the United States. Not only was the chance to live in another culture exciting and rewarding, I was able to make friends with people I otherwise wouldn't have, coming from all over the world. I embraced the American college lifestyle as much as possible and the experience helped me develop myself. Furthermore, I was able to travel around the United States and visit cities such as New York and Washington D.C, which all added to the experience. 

I believe this is a great opportunity for everyone, especially those who are eager to experience a new culture and way of life. It’s a chance to meet new people and live and study in an environment you otherwise wouldn't be able to. Although for some moving away from friends and family can be hard, and at times you do find yourself missing things from home, and certain cultural differences can be confusing at times, the experience is completely worthwhile and I enjoyed my entire time from start to finish, learning new things and making new friends along the way."