Hi, all! My name is Meredith Wilshere and I was the former Vice President of Social
Media and I will be the incoming Vice President of Marketing. I just finished studying abroad in London, and I absolutely loved every minute of it.
The program in London is a combination of both internships and classes. The first few
weeks are dedicated to taking two different class four times a week while getting Fridays off to travel and interview for the upcoming internship. I took International PR, which was a track course for PR in preparation for my internship, and Meet the Author, which was an English class where we read and reviewed contemporary books and met with the author to interview them and talk about their work. Spring break comes after these classes end, and then my internship, internship seminar, and my Modern British Drama class all started.
For my internship, I was the Brand and Corporate Intern at Engage by Bell Pottinger, an
international PR firm. Aside from traveling, my internship has been my favorite part of studying abroad. London is the perfect place to work, aside from a packed tube ride to work. Working in a different environment with co-workers that were willing to help really aided my transition from an American to a British workplace. There, I was working with financial, technological and global clients.
I love each country that I traveled to for a different reason, but I loved the country of Scotland the most and the city of Paris the most. Through a trip that I booked via Boston University, we took a bus tour through most of Scotland, venturing into the highlands and driving through different mountain ranges and past battlegrounds. On a different note, I love Paris as a city because it was the trip I was looking forward to the most. I had spent my high school career attempting to master the language and learn about the culture. When I got to the city, I saw sights that I had only seen pictures of in textbooks. When figuring out directions or communicating with our taxi driver, I was able to use the French that I had learned to communicate. Above all, my friends and I had a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, which brought small tears to my eyes. I wouldn’t trade my abroad experience for anything. (Sorry Boston!)