It was finally time to prepare for this day: the day I had to get a job after earning a master’s degree – Day one of “adulting”. I followed the steps to get a good job– took my academics seriously, and earned not just an undergrad, but also a master’s degree. In my world, these achievements seemed like the prerequisite to get the “good” job after graduation.
“So what are your plans after graduation?” What a loaded question. Most students dread this, but I was equipped, ready, and excited to answer with “I’m going to the UK to earn a master’s degree in International Management.” I had fulfilled my duties as an undergraduate, stayed involved, and interned full time before my international departure from Southern California to the University of Exeter, England! I was so excited for this opportunity as I know it was a privilege and would be an experience of a lifetime.
It was comforting to know that I would be studying abroad in another English-speaking country, however, one of my biggest concerns was losing points on assignments by forgetting “u” in “colour” or if my writing style wasn’t “proper” (British) English. Turns out, professors did not mind the US spelling (for the most part), were quite understanding, and well prepared for students to come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, languages, often non-native speakers.