Study Aboad Student Linda Horsburgh of Managing Performance talks to Focus about her Study Abroad placement she is currently undergoing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“7 months ago I boarded a plane at Gatwick airport bound for Canada. I was embarking on my study abroad year, majoring in Drama at the University of Calgary. I have never been so scared in my entire life, but now looking back, this has been the best decision I have ever made. Calgary is situated in Alberta, one of the western provinces of Canada and the closest city to the famous Rocky Mountains. Whilst here I have been hang gliding, ice skating on a lake, skiing, snow boarding, tobogganing, to the largest mall in North America, eaten countless amazing burgers, all in amongst studying and being a part of the university’s Drama department.
As a Managing Performance student it has had a huge impact on my view of my studies to have the opportunity to study acting for a year. Teaching here is very similar to that of a UK drama school, as many of the U of C drama students hope to go onto become professional actors. The most important thing for me though is the vast array of people that I have come into contact with. I have met new friends from all over the world; friends I know will be around for the rest of my life. We’ve all experienced living far away from home for a year and have been determined to make the most of every second.This for me is the year of saying ‘Yes’, and since I got off that plane last September I haven’t once regretted it. I would advise and encourage anyone to do Study Abroad, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that is far too good to miss!”