My name is Alanys Mercado and I am in my second year studying Biochemistry at USF. Back in 2018 I had the opportunity to visit different cities in Italy, France, and England, and ever since then I knew I wanted to spend a semester abroad in Europe. The idea of being immersed in a different culture where everything was new to me, having so many things to explore, and being surrounded by historical monuments was really exciting to me. I wanted to make it a little easier for me and go somewhere that I spoke the language so I could learn how to get around faster and adjust more easily to the culture. That left me with two options: Spain or England. The University of Exeter in Devon, England won primarily because it was the only one with the classes I needed throughout the spring semester. Academically, it was the program that most caught my attention since the University of Exeter is among the top research universities in Europe.
Throughout the process of preparing for my trip I was mostly anxious, only because I was worried that my classes wouldn’t line up with those at USF (which they didn’t!) and wanting to see where I would be living for the next six months. Despite of this, I knew this experience was gonna be worthwhile and filled with a lot of growth and greater appreciation for the culture I’d be living in. I believe the experience of immersing yourself in a country different from your own allows you to grow as a person, to be able to adapt to different environments, and help in acquiring global awareness by making you realize that there is so much more to see than just your immediate surroundings.
I am looking forward to see what England has to offer!