Emma Treat, FALL 2017Seattle, WA
I picked AU for the school’s political involvement, and the England Mentorship program because I would never say no to Europe! It was a great opportunity to make long lasting friendships and spend time abroad. I’m now involved in a few political clubs on campus, as well as the Bhakti yoga and vegetarian club. I also still see my Mentorship friends everyday in our building.
MADELEINE PRICE, FALL 2017Fredericksburg, VA
My name is Madeleine Price. I'm from Fredericksburg, VA and participated in the England Mentorship Program. Currently, I am in SIS majoring in International Relations. I chose AU because of the wonderful opportunities it offers to its students. The Mentorship Program intrigued me because it gave me the chance to expand my horizons, literally! During the program, my friends and I tried our best to learn about British history and culture. I’m now on campus at AU studying and involved in AU Players.
KIYOHIDE NOGUCHI, FALL 2017Honolulu, HI
I never imagined that I would go to the east coast for college, nevertheless studying abroad in England for the first semester! I thought it was going to be pretty scary in England (this program marked my first time of going to Europe) but the people I hung out with and met in England exhibited the spirit of 'aloha' I was already familiar with. As of now, I'm thoroughly enjoying my time in AU and ready to pave my way through. I can assure that you won't regret studying abroad in England!
EMMA DION, FALL 2016 West Newbury, MA
I always knew I wanted to go to American University for its Journalism program and its well-known department of Performing Arts (I'm a double major in Musical Theater and Journalism). When I was offered the chance to go abroad my first semester of college, I could not pass the opportunity up. I mean, who wouldn't want to travel to the beautiful countryside of England for a semester? My experience with the Mentorship program has truly been the highlight of my life so far, and I wouldn't change anything about my time abroad. I'm so glad I chose AU and the Mentorship Program in England.
DANA PICCIRILLO, FALL 2016 Merrick, NY
I chose the Mentorship Program in England because I wanted to step completely out of my comfort zone for my first semester of college. I wanted to learn, grow, and mature while also immersing myself into an entirely new culture. That is exactly what I did! I have made so many close friends, and gained the confidence to continue getting involved both on and off campus. I am currently balance being a part of Greek Life and volunteering at a non-profit.
ISIDRO RAFAEL SANTA MARIA, FALL 2016Arcadia, CA
I picked AU because I am interested in studying international relations and foreign policy. I was part of the Mentorship Program because I knew that studying in England my first semester would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. During the program, we took classes taught by AU faculty and Bath Spa University professors. In addition to the academic content, the MPUK semester included a wide variety of excursions and trips to various parts of the UK. Currently, I am continuing work towards a major in International Studies and a possible minor in Spanish.
GRACE GARDONE, FALL 2016 Louisville, KY
As soon as I received the letter that I was accepted into American University's Mentorship Program, I knew it was an opportunity I could not pass up. AU had given me the opportunity to study abroad during my first semester of college, and that was only the beginning! My experience was everything I hoped it would be and more: I met new people outside of my own familiar culture, I explored four different European countries, I learned more about myself, and I grew a network of 23 other students I can always fall back on. After I returned to the States, I decided to change my major to Business, Language, and Culture to keep exploring different people and cultures. The Mentorship Program in England has given me an unforgettable experience that no other institution can match.
ERICA WINSTON, FALL 2016Atlanta, GA
I'm Erica Winston and I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. I plan on studying veterinary medicine and am currently majoring in biology. I chose the Mentorship Program in England because I really couldn't turn down studying abroad my first semester, and I was really excited to experience a culture separate from my own. I've enjoyed coming back to AU and getting involved with dance and exploring another new city!
ALLISON TOVAR, FALL 2016Stamford, CT
It may seem intimidating to spend your first semester in a foreign country, but take the leap! Living in a new culture not only expands your knowledge of the world, but of yourself. You learn where your comfort zone is and just how far you can really push that, while creating bonds that literally last overseas. I volunteered at HopScotch Day Care and joined Bath Spa University's choir. Now that I'm on AU's campus, I spend time in the Katzen Arts Center writing music, and tutor two children at a local elementary school. Growing independent during the program has greatly prepared me for life at AU.
SARA AMEEN, FALL 2016Bristow, VA
I chose the Mentorship Program in England because I was ready for a new experience in my life and could not give up such a great opportunity to travel and learn about another culture. Being in Bath, UK for 3 months helped me mature by learning to live on my own without my parents and provided me with experience and knowledge that I could not have found elsewhere; such as emerging myself in the history of the area and going to Prague, Czech Republic, on a weekend and witnessing the culture and history there as well. I am currently enjoying my life at AU studying International Relations as well as being involved in the AU Symphony Orchestra. I am excited for my future at AU!