Malcolm Miller (Computer Engineering ‘20)
2018 Fall Semester UVA Exchange: Glasgow
"My favorite part about going abroad was meeting amazing new friends. When I first moved into my apartment, I didn’t know a single person. Throughout the semester, I was fortunate enough to grow very close to an amazing group of people from all over the world. I would highly encourage students to take a leap of faith and go abroad without any of your friends from here in the US. Having a completely clean slate in a country where you have never been before is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am very thankful I took. Another piece of advice that I would give, especially to fellow e-school students, is to take classes outside of engineering. As much as I love my technical coursework, it was quite refreshing to throw numbers aside for a semester and learn about Scottish History. Finally, I would recommend that students going on exchange take as many photos as they can. Although you’ll make great friends abroad, you likely won’t be seeing them all the time once you come home. Your future self will thank you when you have bundles of photos to look through. They’ll also come in handy when you’re sharing stories with you friends and family here in the US. Although they won’t know the people you’ve met (or maybe even the places you visit), the photos will help them to enjoy your adventures!"