Heading ‘across the pond:’ A first-hand account of studying abroad

By Catherine Carter


All of my last minute Amazon deliveries are here, my bags are packed, and I’m ready to leave America behind! Well, temporarily at least. My name is Catherine Carter. I am an English major and just finished my freshman year here at NIU. I am also the copy editor at the Northern Star!

This summer, I have been given the amazing opportunity to study abroad. I’m heading “across the pond” – where football no longer means watching my beloved Philadelphia Eagles beat the Bears in a playoff nail-biter, but rather the fight for points between Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title. (No playoffs? Really?!) I’m going to the birthplace of rock legends – and no, I’m not talking about the Beatles, I mean The Rolling Stones. In case you weren’t sure, I’m heading to England! 


I will be part of a group of English, political science and sociology students from NIU who will be studying at Oxford University from June 30 – Aug. 2. As a nerdy English major I’ll be spending some time reading Shakespeare and Jane Austen for class, but I’m also going to be spending a lot of time exploring Europe. 


I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you, so keep an eye out for daily updates from “across the pond.” Go Corgis… I mean Huskies!

*** EDITORS NOTE: This is Part 1 of a series. Keep checking the Northern Star Opinion Page for more updates and stories****

 To read part 1 CLICK HERE: Heading ‘across the pond:’ A first hand account of studying abroad