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Ricky Fernandez ’18: Reflecting on the London Economics Study Group

By Nali Byrd '19 on February 24, 2017

1. What study abroad experience were you in?

I participated in the Colgate London Economics Study Group Fall 2016 led by Professor Kay Pollock and Professor Ted Hyett.

2. What was the highlight of your study abroad experience?

The highlight of my study abroad experience was definitely having the opportunity to travel to other parts of Europe like Italy, Ireland, and Scotland. In addition, it was great getting to know my group and Professors Pollock and Hyett over the course of the semester.

3. What type of activities did you do while being abroad?

We definitely did a lot of different activities, but one that really stuck out to me was the weekly theatre show component built into our London theater class. Some of my favorites were AmadeusThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Yerma.

4. What type of classes did you take?

Three out of the four classes we took were economics classes like British Economy, Economics of EU, and European Economic Issues. What really set the curriculum apart from the one at Colgate was that it had different visiting professors and professionals lecturing on various topics from healthcare to monetary policy.

5. What advice would you give to someone who may want to go abroad in the upcoming year?

I would say that students considering studying abroad should be thoughtful about what they want to gain out of their abroad experience by setting goals that strike a balance between the social and academic. You will most likely have another opportunity to travel at some point in your life, but the degree to which you get the freedom to simultaneously have fun while making constructive mistakes will definitely be hard to come by.

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