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An international Student’s Christmas in London

Posted by Elaine Greer, ATP Student Ambassador on Dec 11, 2017 7:00:00 PM

The magical (or not-so magical depending on your level of scrooge) thing about the Christmas season in London is how swiftly it appears. There’s no waiting around for after Thanksgiving, because there is no Thanksgiving. I had about a week or so to come down from the spooky festivities of Halloween before I found myself embracing the Christmas Spirit...

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Christmas Time While Studying In London

Posted by Alex Elsey, ATP Student Ambassador on Dec 1, 2017 7:07:00 PM

Christmas is my one of my favorite times of year. Some of my favorite movies are always on during Christmas time including Home Alone, Elf and A Christmas Story. My mother always bakes seasonal cookies and we always visit the Christkindlmarket in Chicago to look at the shops, lights and drink some mulled wine. This Christmas will not be like any before; it will be the first time I spend it away from Chicago. London is full of things to do during Christmas time so even though it is different, it is still the best time of year.

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How To Celebrate Thanksgiving Whilst Studying In The UK

Posted by Alyssa Spang, ATP Student Ambassador on Nov 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Confession: I haven't missed home yet. True, I miss people--friends, family, the excellent baristas in my hometown; however, I find I do not miss my hometown much.

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Halloween: How The Brits Do It

Posted by Ashley Hackworth, ATP Student Ambassador on Oct 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Halloween! That time of year when you can dress up as whoever you want to be for one night and take part in fun family and social activities. Halloween is one of the season’s epic American traditions, and it’s now spreading across the world. At home, many of us start planning our costumes the day after Halloween ends each year. We spend countless hours on our outfits for a whole week of Halloween celebrations.

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The Awkward Study Abroad Adjustment Period

Posted by Alex Elsey, ATP Student Ambassador on Sep 12, 2017 7:00:00 PM

You know that awkward moment when you don’t know how to greet someone you first meet? Do you just shake their hand? Or do you give them the one arm hand shake and then a one arm hug at the same time? This has happened to me countless times since arriving in the UK but with time you start to learn the different types of greetings. People from the UK typically just go for the hand shake but people from places like Italy, France and Spain give two kisses on the cheek.

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What I Wasn’t Prepared For When I Started University In The UK

Posted by Kelsey Austin, ATP Student Ambassador on Aug 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m a planner. Big time. The Oprah of travel planning: a level of organized that would make your mama proud. Spreadsheets on spreadsheets. Before returning to university, my career as a travel agent fed my addiction; I was paid to take blank calendars, and fill them to the enth degree with trip details: flight routes, hostel confirmations, day tours… the works. Needless to say, being this prepared transferred to other areas of my life.

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Football Or Soccer? A Student's Guide.

Posted by Alec Pierce, ATP Student Ambassador on Jul 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

One of the great things about being a student in the UK is living in the home of football, ahem, soccer.

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Opportunities To Travel While Studying In The UK

Posted by Alec Pierce, ATP Student Ambassador on Jun 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

There are many wonderful opportunities to travel while studying at a UK university, and I am making sure I’m not missing out. Only in the last week, I have travelled to both Germany AND France!

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Theater on a Student’s Budget

Posted by Debra Register, ATP Student Ambassador on May 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM


One of the many wonderful things about studying drama in England is the wide array of main stream to experimental theater available every day. Like most students, I had to find ways of fulfilling my passion for theater and still stay on budget. I’m happy to say it’s easier than I initially thought.

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