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Angela Podewils
      Angela Podewils

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Program: Foundation for International Education (FIE) - London
Location: London, England
Semester Abroad: Spring 2010
Major: Communication & Media Studies
Minor: Philosophy
Memorable Experience:
FIE works with Imperial College, which is located in South Kensington near FIE. Though this connection, I was able to meet and get to know several Imperial students. I felt that I was getting the true experience of studying in London. A memorable experience was when I was with my new friends. As I looked around the room, I realized the diversity of the group, with students from nearly every continent. London is truly a global city and its students represent that.

Benefits of Studying Abroad:
In my time abroad, the FIE program placed me in an internship. This internship was at an online news service for the wealth management industry. As a communication major, I knew little of this industry. Even though the office that I worked in was a new experience, I was able to adapt quickly to the office atmosphere and gain confidence in writing articles for the website. By going abroad, I developed the ability to adapt to new situations and gained confidence in working in the journalism field. This experience has benefited me in many ways. Professionally, it has given me the confidence to go into a new workplace knowing that I can learn and adapt to how the business works. Personally, I was able to develop relationships with my co-workers. I was able to get to know them in the office, as well as outside the office through the British custom of meeting at the local pub after work.

Advice & Tips:
Take advantage of opportunities! The FIE program offered some trips, tours, and discounted events throughout the semester. Through these opportunities, I was able to go out and see more of England outside of London. One trip that was provided free of charge by FIE was a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. This trip was a guided tour with time built in to spend at the locations. In addition, most of London's museums are free. This is an opportunity to see many unique artifacts and see a new part of the city. Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. By taking advantages of the opportunities to see and learn more, you can come away with a great experience!

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