Meet Abagail Catania, an Agricultural Business Management and Legal Studies major studying at the University of Westminster!
Student Spotlight: Abagail Catania, ‘19
US university: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Agricultural Business Management and Legal Studies
Minor: Criminal Justice
Study abroad program: University of Westminster, fall 2016 semester
Why did you choose the UK?
I chose the UK because I had previously been to London during my last year in high school. During my last year in high school I went on a tour with Education First Tours and one of the locations we went to was London and ever since then I have loved it. I knew from the moment we stepped out onto Picadilly Circus that I would study abroad here and one day call London my home.
Why did you choose this program?
I chose the University of Westminster because while in the midst of my search for a program that best fit me I had spoken to a lot of alums and they all had great things to say about the University and even more specifically the Criminology program. When I looked into it more I knew by the classes and location that this was the program for me.
What was your favourite class?
I would have to say my favourite class was Photography in London because we were able to visit different museums and really learn about photography, not just how to take a photo but what all goes into a great photo. However, I truly loved all of my classes while I was there. Race, Crime, and Justice; Youth, Crime, and Justice; History of Jack the Ripper.
What’s your best memory from your time abroad?
I can honestly say that I do not have one specific best memory because my entire time in London was a best memory. While I was studying abroad I was able to just live life, meet new people, take the Tube, eat at local restaurants, and just immerse myself into everything London has to offer. I felt as if I belonged there.
Describe your housing situation.
While I lived abroad I was living in Marylebone dorms. Our specific dorm is one of two dorms that the University of Westminster has that is actually attached to an academic building. Marylebone dorms are attached to the back of the Marylebone Business School. I had six floor mates and we were all in single rooms.
What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about studying abroad in the UK?
The best advice I could give is one, make sure you plan in advance monetarily. The UK is expensive but as long as you plan properly you will be able to live life and have fun. The second piece of advice I would give is to step out of your comfort zone and try new things while you are there whether that be Wok to Walk, Carmel Shortbreads, Lucozade, or something even bigger such as going to explore Regents Park by yourself enjoy it because there is only one moment like that. Bask in the glory of the differences and experience them because that is one of the reasons you are there- to learn about a different culture.
Fact about the UK that you think people would be surprised to learn?
During the fall it does not rain as much as everyone thinks it does. During my entire four months in London I believe it rained only a hand full of times, none of which truly required an umbrella. You will be surprised how the weather changes during the seasons, however, because it can get really cold really fast and seldom does it snow!
What do you think you gained from studying abroad?
The biggest thing I gained from my study abroad experience was the fact that I found myself. During my time in London I realized who I really am and who I want to be in the future. I felt at home while in London and that has fueled me to work my hardest to be able to obtain a job there post-graduation.