Albertus alum Elizabeth McGarry ’14 recently made the voyage “across the pond” to begin her graduate studies in London. After participating in Albertus’ Summer Study Abroad program in Fanjeaux, France last summer, Liz immediately realized the importance of an education enriched by international relations. This is her account of these past few weeks leading up to her move.
When I made the decision to move to England for graduate study for a Master’s degree, it was after months of researching, comparing and debating. Now, a little less than 6 weeks before I leave I know that I have made that right decision for myself both personally and professionally. Richmond, The American International University in London provided me the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and challenging program, a master’s in both advertising and public relations. Richmond, as opposed to universities in the US, allows me to build and cultivate a professional, international network, since Richmond accepts students from around the world, which is crucial for anyone wishing to work in business. This ability to live and work in another country is one that will benefit me long term as it can help increase my employability, since it proves to an employer that I can set outside comfort zones and challenge myself, while also being able to enter the business with firsthand knowledge of business and cultural practices of other countries.
Another huge factor in my decision to attend Richmond, is that they are an accredited US university. This is important since it means that the degree I receive is recognized not only in the UK but also stateside. This is important if a student wishes to come back stateside and go onto a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.
Finally, a huge reason I decided to receive a degree from Richmond, was that I would have the ability to live and study in the amazing city of London for a full year and completely immerse myself in the life and culture there. This is something that cannot be achieved by a vacation to the city or short visit.
There are, of course, many other reasons and factors that went into my decision but these are the ones that were the most prevalent in my decision.
From Fanjeaux to Rome, students are able to explore the world through the Study Abroad Program at Albertus Magnus College. To gain more information on the experience of a lifetime, visit our Student Life page today.
Liz McGarry ’14, hails from North Haven, CT and graduated this spring with a bachelor’s in Marketing. In the Fall Liz will be attending Richmond, The American International University in London to pursue a master of arts in Advertising and Public Relations.