Dixon explores study abroad program in London

February 26, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- UW-Platteville student Jennifer Dixon has returned to campus after spending a "priceless" semester studying abroad at St. Mary's College in London. Originally from Milwaukee, Dixon is a junior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology.

Dixon chose to study in England because she thought it would be a great country to study in and learn about. Previous participants of the program also influenced Dixon to study abroad, specifically in London.

"Some of the inspiration came from friends that participated in the study abroad program, they had nothing buy positive things to say about the experience of being in a different country," Dixon said.

Prior to departing for the trip, Dixon attended an informational meeting on the UWP campus that discussed what study abroad students should expect. A student who had already studied abroad in London was also available to answer questions and share insights on her experiences.

While in London, Dixon lived with a host family to fulfill her accommodation needs.

At St. Mary's College, Dixon attended two sociology courses titled "Society and Experience" and "Social Theory." Dixon also took "Global Tourism" and "Britain Transformed", a class that dealt with British history.

Besides attending classes, Dixon also found time to travel throughout England and visit The Netherlands for five days.

"My most memorable experience: I can't just pinpoint one because every day was a priceless experience," Dixon said. "I enjoyed learning about the culture and meeting new people. So, overall, the experience that I obtained was priceless and there are not enough words to explain the memories that I have of studying abroad."

Dixon said the study abroad office was extremely helpful and resourceful in preparing her for the trip.

"[The study abroad office] gave us the step-by-step process to ensure that everything was taken care of and that we would enjoy our decision to study abroad," Dixon said. "I never once worried if I was missing something before I left. They were awesome and I thank them for all the support they provided us."

When asked if she would recommend study abroad to other students, Dixon replied: "I would in a heartbeat. You gain so much responsibility for yourself and the experience is once in a lifetime. You get to meet so many wonderful people and do things that you never imagined doing before. Like I said previously, the experience is priceless and there are not enough words in the dictionary to explain how wonderful the experience really is. So, if you have the chance, I say, "Go for it," you won't regret the time you would spend in a different country."

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