Horns meet World. World meet Evan Carter. Evan is a Computer Science major and a Government major at UT. Evan spent his Spring semester in an exchange program with the University College of London. Here were a few of the highlights of his trip abroad.
I’ve always loved traveling having been inspired to see the world after traveling across the United States with my parents and brother. I know that in my career, I want to have the opportunity to travel and live abroad in order to give myself access to companies and opportunities that offer positions in other countries. This is why I chose to go to London, one of the best cities in the world for international connections.
I stayed in Victoria, a neighborhood right in the heart of London, living in an 8 person flat with other international students. My flat mates came from France, Belgium, Spain, America, and Finland. It was such a great way to immediately connect with people my age, from around the world, who were in the same position as me. Every week we would have a flat dinner where we made food from our home countries.
Speaking of food, London has some of the best Indian food in the world. My favorite place was a little authentic Indian restaurant named Tandoori King (65 Red Lion Street) in Holborn I found on my second night in London. It was a little spicy but absolutely the best curry and vindaloo I’ve ever had (and I am a curry snob).”
One of the best aspects of my trip abroad were the professors. My favorite course abroad was International Development where we talked and researched about theories of the division between the first and third world, efforts to bridge that gap, and obstacles to development. My professor, Cathy Elliot, had incredible real world experience on the topic because she served as the head of a $3 billion United Nations program aimed towards the promotion of women in the Pakistan.
When I wasn’t in class, I made sure I took advantage of how close together countries are in Europe. UK universities have a four-week break for the Easter Holiday before examinations, which is when I did a large trip throughout Europe. I started out in Berlin, and then traveled to Munich, Vienna, Prague, Rome, Barcelona and Edinburgh. Munich was a destination none of my friends in my program went to and it was absolutely amazing.
If I had to leave you with a final piece of advice, do something unique when you go abroad and go somewhere others aren’t going. You would be surprised how those experiences become you best memories.
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