All posts by Tom Collier

Now What? Struggling Over the Value of Study Abroad

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 5:58 pm

The end is in sight. The real world beckons. My year as a foreign exchange student is almost over, and knowing I am about to go home and leave this all behind scares me. Our multicultural group of Brits, Americans, Belgians, French, Germans, Italians, Argentines, Australians and Chinese will probably never be back in the […]

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Can Exchange Students Find Love in America?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This past Valentines’ Day, as another year of singledom loomed, I took a step back to consider why a relationship just wasn’t working for me. The past two years have been far from stable for me. I moved away from home to a university in Liverpool, only to find out 6 months later that I […]

The Novelty Has Worn Off. So What Now?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

After conquering my first action-packed semester in the US, when I returned for my second after the Christmas break I expected to come back almost victorious. I had overcome all the nerves I had felt before I first came, and had had an incredible few months. Instead, upon returning to campus I was hit by […]

What Exactly is American School Spirit All About?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

When I first arrived at the University of Maryland, and for many weeks after, I was bemused by the number of students who walked around dressed from head to toe in clothing with our university’s name on it, and by the volume of merchandise in the university bookstore that features our mascot, Testudo the terrapin. […]

A British Perspective: Is the American Democratic System All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 10:06 am

I got to America just in time for campaign season to begin, and just in time to catch a moment that set the tone for the election as I have experienced it since. When I arrived, Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin was just about to tell a TV station in Missouri that during “a legitimate rape, the […]

How Much Easier Does an English Guy Have it In the US?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 11:51 am

When I first joined the Student Union, I quickly discovered that most of my fellow bloggers, and indeed most of our readers, were students from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, not from Western Europe like me, and certainly not from England. At first I thought this might be a problem. Do I really deserve […]

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