Kevin Stahl

Departure Date:
Jun. 07 2014
Return Date:
Aug. 21 2014
Local Institution:
University of Virginia
Local Advisor:
Scott Ransom
Foreign Institution:
University of Manchester
Foreign Advisor:
Ben Stappers
Student Status:
Undergraduate
  • Q. What country were you staying in? stayed in Manchester, England.
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? The University of Manchester
  • Q. How long were you there? weeks
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? research mostly consisted of the looking at the evolution of the profile of a particular pulsar (B0919+06) over time.  I found it interesting that I not only was working on data from a foreign telescope,  but I got to visit the radio telescope (Lovell Telescope) where my data was originally taken.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Being abroad in England was an interesting experience.  Many of the cultural norms and situations in England are similar enough to the United States that I never felt like I was in a completely foreign environment.  A big factor in this  probably was there was no language barrier to deal with for the most part.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? was quick to learn that there are many small differences between the English used in England and the English I had become accustomed to in the US.  For example, instead of using ‘dollars’, they use ‘quid’, and  instead of saying  ’How are you doing?’ when greeting one another, one would say ‘Are you alright?’ or simply ‘You alright?’
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? While I stayed in England, I was determined to maximize how I spent my time abroad.   Most weekends  I tried to get outside the Manchester City limits to see other parts of England and Europe which included Peak District National Park, Lake District, Edinburgh, York, Farne Islands, and Amsterdam.   If I did not travel outside the city, I spent my time on mini-longboard,  skating around the city and checking out  various sites, shops, and pubs.  One of  the trips I enjoyed the most was my trip  to Amsterdam.  In this city, I finally quenched  my thirst for that true study abroad experience and saw a truly magnificent city.   Furthermore, I really enjoyed visiting Hadrian’s Wall.    After visiting Rome before, it was amazing to go from seeing the epicenter of the empire to the very fringe of its reaches in Western Europe.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? best advice I could give  someone before going abroad is find out things you want to do over in the country you’re visiting and make them happen.  You will never know when the opportunity may arise again for you to do or see these things.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? From my experience abroad, it really  reinforced my  ability to be independent and still have fun.  Most of my traveling to various sites was alone, and  if I had waited to do these things until I had a companion,  I would not  have seen half  the places I got to see on my trip.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? only regret is if I had been more prepared before going on the trip, I could have possibly fit even more  weekend trips and side  adventures into my schedule.