My name is Jessica Wallin and I am currently finishing my third year of study in English Literature. I have been studying at the University of Sussex in England through the Go Global program at UBC for a year since October 2011. I chose to go to the University of Sussex because it offered the chance to immerse myself in the very culture that I am studying. I have a great love of English Literature and I signed up for the exchange with the goal of broadening my view of the world through traveling.
Arts One affected my choice to go on this exchange and my academic career as a whole in many different ways. Its approach to learning and the small discussion based classes were an amazing experience to have in my first year of university. Arts One was a great fit for myself in first year as it combined English, History and Philosophy, subjects that I was very interested in. These subjects were taught not as separate entities, but instead students discussed novels and plays in a way that utilized ideas and approaches from all three. With this approach I was able to choose my major from amongst these subjects while seeing how they are all interconnected. The large amount of writing we did in Arts One was a crucial factor in my decision to become an English Major. The chance to be able to write so often and with such close criticism from my peers and professor made me feel confident in my writing skills and to actually come to enjoy writing essays!
Most of all the Arts One helped develop the way I perceive university.
By having lively discussions with other students and being encouraged to engage with many different subjects, I now see university as a place to challenge myself academically and to learn new ways to observe and interpret the world. As such, when leaving for England I felt confident and excited to be embarking on one of the biggest adventures of my life so far! I moved to another country because of my excitement for learning and the wish to broaden my worldview, two things that Arts One helped foster in me.