Megan Cantrell University of Hull
Sonoma State University - Majoring in Biological Sciences
As a sophomore I applied for the United Kingdom program and couldn't have been more thrilled to be accepted. This is the best decision I have ever made! I have experienced the diversity and culture I longed for and have had countless enriching experiences and met many incredible friends.
This photo is from my first adventure outside of Hull in the beautiful town of York, England. Although the weather presented some obstacles, my new friends and I spent the day wandering through the quaint cobbled streets, in awe at the fantastic architecture and history all around us.
I am lucky enough to go to school here, and no I am not lying! This beautiful building is the Venn building situated in the center of the University of Hull. The simple beauty of this place brings me joy each and every day, as I pass by it on my way to the library.
On one of my first days in England my friends and I stopped at a small internet café near campus for a quick bite to eat. Because I struggled to recognize the coins needed to pay for my meal, I laid them all out on the table and proceeded to familiarize myself with my new currency.
On yet another excursion away from Hull, I found myself lucky enough to be right smack dab in the middle of Oxford. Again, I was floored by the impressive architecture and the glorious atmosphere of the place. This building was used in the famous Harry Potter films as part of the Hogwarts castle.
One of Europe's largest traveling fairs came to Hull! Candy floss, licorice whips, and brandy snaps were piled high on all the numerous street vendors' stands. Fun houses, roller coasters, carousels, and Ferris wheels made the fair a classic and fun experience.
This photo was taken in York from the safety of my umbrella's cover. This photo reminds me of the beauty and serenity of a place that has withstood so many years, and influenced so many lives.
This is a snapshot from the seventh floor of the Brynmor Jones Library at the Hull University Campus. Being a biological sciences major, I am required to study numerous hours each week. Fortunately, I can spend these long hours in a peaceful, studious atmosphere with such breathtaking views of the city around me.
This is my adorable student house, on Cranbrook Avenue, near Hull University. My student house is very diverse, with four other students from Malaysia, China, Cyprus, and Spain. I feel at home in this comfortable place, and look forward to returning home here each night.
I can't help but laugh when I look back at this picture. I was fortunate enough to travel to London with a friend for a weekend to see the sights. This photo was taken shortly after arrival at Victoria Coach Station. From the station we proceeded to locate our hostel by foot, and consequently found ourselves somehow inside of Hyde Park, luggage and bags in tow.
Also taken in London, this cathedral is located right in the middle of Westminster Abbey Square. After mastering the London public transportation system, we were able to reach this location quite easily and spent hours absorbing the majestic atmosphere around us.
As you probably already know, this photo in none other than Westminster Abbey itself. I think this photo is indeed worth a thousand words, as it so beautifully captures the awesomeness of such a place.
Ahh home, sweet home… or the next best thing. This is a photograph of my student room. After adding a few personal touches of my own, this room feels like my own, and I can relax here just as if I were back home.
This is a photograph of some of my closest friends and me in the beautiful town of Oxford. After leaving this place, I swore to my friends that I would someday attend Oxford University, or at least live in the fantastic town.
If there is one thing that will last from this experience, it is the countless fabulous friends I have made. From an incredibly diverse array of backgrounds, and each with their own unique personality, they all have a place in my heart. I shall never forget them, and shall work hard to maintain these friendships wherever my future takes me.