David Vine, student at the University of Surrey

Meet David Vine, a Mathematics major studying at the University of Surrey!

Student Spotlight: David Vine, ‘18

US university: University of Central Florida

Major: Mathematics 

Study abroad program: University of Surrey, Surrey, Spring 2017 semester

Why did you choose the UK? 

I chose to study in the UK because I didn’t expect it to present much of a culture shock. This was also more affordable than some of my other options for studying abroad, and I knew that being in Europe would allow me to use my time to explore other countries relatively easily. 

Why did you choose this program? 

I chose my program because I’m a math major and wanted to get ahead with my own schooling. I was able to study relevant subjects but with a different classroom perspective as well as working on my independent study habits.

What was your favourite class? 

Applications of Differential Equations was my favorite class at Surrey. I had a great, dry yet funny professor, and appreciated the application-based nature of the class. 

What’s your best memory from your time abroad? 

My best memories from being abroad are all different versions of spending nights on the hill with my friends. After we all finished our responsibilities every day we would get together, grab a camera and a speaker and head up one of the grassy hills in town to watch the sunset and soak in each other’s company. 

Describe your housing situation. 

I lived in a dorm on campus. I had a single bedroom with my own toilet and shower and shared a kitchen with six other students in a similar living arrangement. 

What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about studying abroad in the UK? 

If you end up staying in the UK, be sure to take advantage of the beautiful English countryside and set aside as much time as you can to travel! 

Fact about the UK that you think people would be surprised to learn?

Most towns in the UK have buildings that are older than the entire United States as a country. 

What do you think you gained from studying abroad? 

 I gained a better sense of self studying abroad. My worldview has significantly expanded, and my sense of my place in the world has shrunk much smaller. I feel more enlightened that I had this incredible experience. 

Explore David's study abroad blog, and learn more about studying at the University of Surrey. 

Here are two friends I met abroad and me at Stonehenge.
These students all study back at my home university, University of Central Florida, in America.
The best group photo we got while studying abroad last semester, of course taken with Surrey's mascot statue, the Stag.

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