Emma Handzo

Departure Date:
Jun. 12 2011
Return Date:
Jul. 22 2011
Local Institution:
Franklin & Marshall
Local Advisor:
Andrea Lommen
Foreign Institution:
Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics
Foreign Advisor:
Ben Stappers
Student Status:
Undergraduate
  • Q. What country were you staying in? United Kingdom
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? University of Manchester
  • Q. How long were you there? weeks
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? Pulsar timing noise analysis
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? started the project I worked on my entire undergraduate career.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Being in another country and interacting with people from all around the world there.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? round trip ticket in the United Kingdom is a return ticket - this threw me off the first time and I ended up purchasing two one way tickets instead.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Being away from home - I had traveled alone before but never this long.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? Traveled around the United Kingdom.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? took a day trip to London and was able to see the inside of Westminster Abbey. Another amazing day trip was up to Liverpool and the Cavern Club.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? The weirdest thing I did might have more been a strange realization - when people realized that my friend and I had traveled from Manchester to London for the day (a 2 hour train ride) they were shocked that we had done this. In UK a 2 hour trip is usually at least a weekend trip away. Their sense of distance really threw me off, because for me a 2 hour trip (one way) in a day is nothing.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Try to get out as much as possible - looking back on the experience I always wished I had done more.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? have learned to be independent and adapt to other cultural expectations - can be hard but usually is a lot of fun.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? would get out and travel even more - I let my insecurities stop me sometimes and looking back that’s when I should have said yes.