Students, alums discuss study abroad at London event

Students and alumnae/i got an opportunity to share their experiences studying abroad at a panel discussion and cocktail reception hosted by the Alumnae/i Relations Office on May 10 in London.

Among the attendees were graduates across a wide range of class years—including incoming freshman Sierra Prasad ’21, Victoria Schuppert ’12, Patrick Gillespie ’02, Monique Lee Bahadur ’80 and Clare Babb Ash ’49.

President Dennis M. Hanno moderated the panel “Wheaton in London,” which took place at Home House Private Member’s Club.

Study abroad students Carly Lewis ’18 and Yuchen Wang ’18 served as panelists. Lewis, a Hadley, Mass., resident, is a history and English double major. Wang, an international student from Shanghai, China, is double majoring in psychology and economics.

During her year abroad at Oxford University, Lewis studied Victorian literature. Wang spent her year abroad at the London School of Economics.

“England is the perfect environment to focus on something you’re interested in,” Lewis told the gathering. “It’s a great opportunity to live in another country but also work on professional development.”

In addition to completing some courses for her major, Wang said she has enjoyed the chance to gain varied perspectives on issues.

“You meet a lot of students from other countries. Their opinions and views are different from what I’ve had at Wheaton and that’s really grown my mind,” said Wang, who took advantage of London’s extensive travel links to Europe and visited Paris, Berlin, Prague, Dresden and Copenhagen.

As Wheaton’s international student population continues to grow, Wheaton is increasing its efforts to reach out and engage with alumnae/i abroad through events like this one, Hanno noted.