The New Edinburgh Study Centre Intern

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Copyright Fiona Hansen 2016 ©

Introductions need to be made, so a big virtual hello! My name is Shannon, and I am the new programme intern for the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Centre, arrived fresh from California less than two months ago.

Those of you who read the blog have probably gotten to know Hannah, the London Study Centre intern, and I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun.

I graduated from UC Irvine during Summer 2015 with a major in English Literature and a minor in Educational Studies. I studied abroad through UCEAP for Spring 2014 at the University of Glasgow, and to this day I will contest that my time abroad has changed and shaped me in ways I couldn’t even begin to imagine. Some of my most treasured memories are from my time abroad, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

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University of Glasgow, 2014

In many ways, this position is a literal dream come true for me. The second I arrived home from my study abroad semester in Glasgow, I made it a concrete goal of mine to return to Scotland as soon as I possibly could for as long as I possibly could.

After I had graduated, I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do career-wise, and the thought of returning to Scotland was never far from the back of my mind. I feel this position with UCEAP is a great stepping stone into exploring a career in international education precisely because I am able to use my experience in order to ensure that all other UC students participating in UCEAP will have the best possible time abroad.

Fun fact: I had actually applied for this internship and was rejected for it the first time, then put my bid in a second time when I saw the position open up again and the rest is history. Goes to show that persistence pays off!

But being back abroad for work is much more different than being abroad for school, and this new experience is bound to be another great learning adventure for me. So join me as I share my life in Edinburgh with you over the next year! I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot from one another.