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Howdy! My name is Jonathan and I’m a first year European Studies and Politics (with a year abroad) student from the Tennessee. I visited the UK first in 2013 on the International Air Cadet Exchange and forthwith fell in love with it and returned for two tours in the U.S Air Force. Obviously when choosing a University, my first choice was here, and I couldn’t be more excited to start my studies again here in Essex.I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Essex so far, I am quite active in several societies around campus. The show choir, (which yes, is just like Pitch Perfect and Glee), The LGBT+ society, Model United Nations, the Harry Potter society, Theatre Arts (where I most recently played an Ozian in the Christmas Pantomime), the Green Impact group which supports environmentally and socially sustainable practices, and Cricket. The thing I love most about Essex is how you can get involved in so many extra curricular activities and societies even if that’s not what you're majoring in and the travel opportunities from here are endless. Since getting here in October I’ve have already visited 11 countries for less than $100 each. I would absolutely recommend anyone to come here! Whether it be for a term, a year, or your whole degree; it’s a life changing experience and one of the best choices I’ve ever made!
I chose Essex for the positive reputation it has, not only in its high rankings but also of general opinion from previous students. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere of Essex is great because, being an international student, there are many new obstacles and challenges that can be overwhelming at times. However, with the amount of networks available like Student Support and the Advice Centre, you’ll always have support if you need it. And, with plenty of student activities, shops, restaurants and the gym, you’ll never feel out of place and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make friends here.The University of Essex is proving to be the best choice I could have made. I’m having an amazing time with my studies, meeting awesome people and gaining a new cultural experience!