Biochemistry with study abroad student at University of Leeds

Emily Michelmore

Where did you do your study year abroad and why did you decide to do it?

I went to UVic in British Columbia, Biochemistry & electives in History and Geography.

I've always wanted to live in a different country and study abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity as you have structure, you're surround by students and have plenty of time to travel and explore.

What skills and personal developments do you think you have gained from your study abroad year that will benefit you in the future? What opportunities has your study abroad opened to you?

I have gained a huge amount of confidence in myself and independence from this year - I feel more prepared to leave university and move into different situations. I know I can adapt to different cultures and work well with different people from all over the world. My organisational skills have also improved as I have to rely on myself. Although study abroad may not be as vocational as a year in industry, I have been taught by professors in unique fields and have learnt more skills applicable to the field that I am interested in.

We want other students at Leeds to know what an exciting oppotunity the study abroad year is. What was the real highlight of your year abroad?

The people I have met and the memories I have made. I now have friends from around the world who all grew up in different cultures and with different perspectives that influenced me. We have had many great times exploring Canada, America and even Mexico, which I will never forget!

How do you envisage your study year abroad to be relevant to your career prospects in the future?

I am hoping now to either have a job in an international company or to work abroad and believe this year has given me skills and confidence to do. I have also noticed stronger areas of my personality that I would emphasize in my future jobs.

What advice would you offer to students considering undertaing a study abroad year?

You have to do it! Although it was terrifying, daunting and hard at times, I would do it all again. As well as enhancing my academics, I have developed as person with new confidence, experience and skills that I would never have gained otherwise.