Rasmussen gains perspective studying abroad in London

February 4, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- After spending an entire semester studying at St. Mary's College in London, UW-Platteville student Anne Rasmussen has returned with a new perspective on life. Originally from St. Charles, Minn., Rasmussen is a fifth-year senior majoring in elementary education pre-K-6 with minors in special education/inclusion, psychology and early childhood education.

Rasmussen chose to study abroad in London because she has always wanted to go there and it is centrally located to a lot of the other places she wanted to experience.

"[Study abroad] was something that I knew that I had wanted to do even when I was in high school," Rasmussen said. "When I looked at colleges, a good study abroad program was what I looked for as well as other things. UW-Platteville's program was good and offered a lot of the things that I wanted. I love to travel and that was also an inspiration."

While in London, Rasmussen lived with a host family with twin 8-year-old girls and a son who is 14. Rasmussen said the children were tons of fun and the family was very nice and welcoming.

"They made me feel like I as a part of their family and not just someone living there," Rasmussen said. "They also really wanted to get to know me; they are like a second family to me now!"

At St. Mary's, Rasmussen took general courses such as English, psychology, drama and a British history class that satisfied some of her general education requirements for UWP.

Before classes started, Rasmussen traveled around Europe for two weeks. During this time she visited France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg and various parts of England. During the semester she also toured Wales, Scotland, Norway and Ireland.

"There are so many things that made this experience absolutely amazing, but I think that getting to meet all of the people that I did is the thing that was the best," Rasmussen said. "The group of Americans that went is awesome; I would consider them some of my closest friends. It was also brilliant being able to live and go to school with students and people from Britain. I learned a lot about myself, the world, my career options and have a new perspective from living in a different country."

"The [UWP Study Abroad] Office was extremely helpful," Rasmussen said. "Everyone there is really friendly and really wants to help out. I often had little questions that seemed insignificant but they answered each and every one. They also sent out a bunch of literature, which was definitely helpful in preparing for the trip, being there, traveling around Europe, and coming back home. They were really interested in hearing about my experience even when I came back here!"

"I would recommend [the study abroad program] without a doubt," Rasmussen said. "It was hands down one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much while I was abroad; I also think that it has helped me tap into my potential and set new higher goals for my career and life."

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