Vanessa Reynolds

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University of Pittsburgh | Greensburg

International Experience Summary:

Vanessa Reynolds spent the summer studying in London, England. The trip allowed her to experience first hand several of the rich cultures and history that many of our ancestors came from before emigrating to the United States of America.  She took classes in British Popular culture, which helped her to fully immerse herself in British society.  She was able to spend a few days with English families that allowed her to absorb the differences between her country’s culture and the English culture. She also was able to share aspects of her culture with people she met during excursions.  The English were especially interested in pop-culture and the current political situations occurring in the U.S.  Vanessa spent her weekends traveling throughout the United Kingdom, visiting Wales and Scotland.  She was able to attend the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a performance that occurs once a year for about a month, that brings together military bands from all over the world to perform. She visited the most historic landmarks found throughout Great Britain, including Big Ben and the Parliament building, the London Eye, the Globe Theater, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Harry Potter’s famous Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station. Vanessa plans to share her experiences with students in hopes of convincing others to further their educational and cultural life by studying abroad.

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CEE Title: Cupcakes for Uganda