International Studies & Programs


Student Stories

Back to News
Hannah Roll - Social Science Scholars in the UK

Published: Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Name: Hannah Roll

Status: Sophomore

Majors: Psychology and English

Hometown: Troy, MI

Program: Scholars Study Abroad in the United Kingdom, 2017

When I went to Britain this summer to study geography and history, I did not expect to be thrown out of my comfort zone. The country is full of English speakers and I already knew most of the other students coming with me on the program. Yet I found myself having experiences I never saw coming, and I became especially close with the students who I shared this great opportunity with. I was incredibly humbled by the people I met and was in complete astonishment of the landscapes before me. I cannot explain with justice the sights, sounds, tastes, and unbelievable feelings this program provided me, you have to go out and see it for yourself! Let an unfamiliar culture inspire you and become fully submerged in everything it has to offer. I promise you, you won't regret it.

One of the many things that impressed me about the U.K. is how easy it is to get from one place to another, and how different two places in such a close proximity can be. London, a capital dating back to Roman times, is where our journey began. The streets are filled with performers and fresh food during the day, and at night the streets are flooded with fluorescent light coming from theaters, pubs, and various fashion outlets. My favorite experience was going to the globe theater and seeing a production of "Much Ado About Nothing", the first play I've seen outside of the productions put on at my high school. I laughed, shouted, gasped, and was in complete awe. I couldn't help but throw my hands in the air when the stage went dark and I realized I've never seen anything so incredible in my life. A week or so later we traveled to the Lake District in North West England just a few train rides away, and the landscape changes drastically. There's massive mountains, deep tarns, and beautiful green fields. We hiked for miles through trails of mud and rock and drank from clear blue streams that ran down from the mountains. I felt such strong connection to the landscape that I was crushed upon our departure and immediately knew I would have to return in the future. This program has taught me to embrace the opportunities that fall into my path, and that there are an endless number of adventures ahead of me if I'm willing to seek them out.