The answer is YES! :) I've been accepted into the Nottingham Year Program for 2018-19! I received this information on Monday, and I am SO EXCITED. It's still surreal, even a few days later—I'll be spending my entire junior year in Nottingham, England!
I'm going on a J-Term trip this January to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. I've also traveled to Europe during the summer following my high school graduation. So, the Nottingham Program will be my third time abroad! That's crazy to think about, and I'm so extremely thankful for the opportunity.
I'll be living, studying, and traveling with other Luther students for the year. We take four Luther classes throughout the year. A faculty member that leads the program teaches them. Next year, that will be Marian Kaehler. One of the courses entails picking an organization in the Nottingham area to volunteer at for academic credit during the year. I'm definitely looking forward to that one! I've loved volunteering with various organizations in the United States since I was very young, and it'll be so awesome to be able to do that abroad! Another Luther course that we take involves a lot of group travel. This year's Nottingham group has traveled to places like London, York, Wales, and more! I'm super excited for that course, too!
We also take some classes of our choosing at the University of Nottingham. It'll be quite interesting to learn in a different kind of educational system than I'm used to!
Another awesome part of the program is all the independent travel that we have the opportunity to do! There's two month-long breaks. One is at Christmas and one is in the spring. The flat that we stay in closes and we get to go travel! We can make it as extravagant or as budget friendly of a trip as we want. The possibilities seem pretty endless! :)
Next year will definitely be the experience of a lifetime. I can only imagine how much I will change during my time abroad! A huge shout out to the people who have supported me thus far—especially my former academic advisor here at Luther, Mark Johns. Thanks for believing in me and encouraging me to go for this! It'll be AMAZING. I can't wait to be a "world traveler!" ;)