Hello! I’m Angela, and I’m a Course 20 junior who is studying at University College London (UCL) for my spring semester. I’ll start by recounting how I got here in the first place- I’ve always wanted to do study abroad, even before I came to MIT. There are organized study abroad programs that MIT offers, such as CME and MIT-Madrid, but none of them fit what I was looking for. I originally considered CME, but it was complicated by the fact that my department (course 20) did not participate.
Study abroad is important since it is like what hardening off is to a plant. Hardening off is when you take a young plant and you put it outside where the environment is vastly different. The result is that young plant gets stronger and more resilient, but at first hardening off is hard. Let me walk through this analogy a little more.