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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Nathan in England

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Nathan Simmons ’17, an English Literature major with a double minor in Print and Digital Publishing and Philosophy currently studying abroad at the University of Central Lacashire in Preston, England.

Since starting classes at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston, England, the learning environment has been much different. There tends be less learning via discussion, and much more expected upon the student to grasp the reading material on their own while the instructor lectures on big picture ideas. Also, every single instructor relies on PowerPoint as if there is no way to teach without it, its awful. However, there definitely seems to be a much closer feeling among the students since they take the same course schedule all three years, assuming they stay in the same course. I think some of my favorite experiences have taken place outside of the classroom, surprise. So far I’ve been able to stay in Manchester for almost a week, a few days in Liverpool, a long weekend in Edinburgh/St. Andrews, and most of my time in Preston. Simply put, I love northern Britain. The people have been incredibly friendly and inviting. There is yet to be a person that seems to have a chip on their shoulder, I attest it to the basically free healthcare. With it being England, there hasn’t been a huge culture shock since coming but rather many differences in the small everyday things that we frequently over look. By these I mean: very few places accept card, reusable bags are a HUGE deal, and I think the most obvious the traveling on the left rather than the right. I swear that, in combination with the aggressive street crossing culture of Chicago, has resulted in more honking cars than I can count already. So far, my time in the U.K has been one filled with great new friends and some I haven’t seen in years.



Nathan Simmons

Zine Editor at Hope for the Day
English Literature and Print & Digital Publishing (BA)
Lake Forest College ’17