Oliver Pickin

BA English
Year Abroad Destination: Canada

I chose to study abroad to expand my horizons by embedding myself in another culture, the chance to study in a new context reflecting my commitment to global citizenship. Studying abroad has enhanced my student experience by giving me access to different academic and social cultures, allowing me to take advantage of activities (ice skating, weekly skiing) that would not have been possible in the UK. The year also allowed me the chance to make close friends with backgrounds reflecting Canada's (perhaps uniquely) multicultural society and a consequent broadening of my understanding of cultures outside my own. Highlights of the year abroad were predominantly the opportunity based around the opportunity to explore a new country and culture- particularly seeing new cities (Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City).