Meet Emma 'Will' Baldwin (she/her/hers), an official CAPA blogger in London, England for Spring 2020:
University: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Major: Technical Writing and Communications, Political Science
Study Abroad Location: London, England
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am excited to be challenged socially. I love meeting people, and consider myself really good at interacting with strangers, but that could be very different in a new culture! I am excited to recondition the way I get to know people.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I spend a lot of time with my rabbit, Jason. He’s a stinker, but he’s super smart and learning a lot of new tricks! I also love to get lost in a stream of Wikipedia articles. I could start researching Henry VIII and end up in hydroponic technology. Finally, I love to spend hours talking to my dad over the phone. He lives in California, so all of our conversations are dear to my heart.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I really want to use this opportunity to learn who I am in a workplace setting. This will be my first serious internship in an environment where I will have no cultural foundation. I am excited to learn how I acclimate (or to the British, acclimatize) to new professional spaces.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I want to gain hard skills while abroad. Whether I am learning software or writing techniques, I want to gain technical knowledge that is difficult to learn in classes. I am excited to be able to “speak from experience” rather than going off of theories I learn in courses.
What can we look forward to reading in your posts?
As someone with bipolar, I am excited for people to hear how coping with and appreciating emotional extremes is essential for everyone while studying abroad. I want people to read my posts and learn to embrace every ounce of joy and homesickness they feel while abroad, while ensuring their health and stability.
Anything else you’d like to say to people reading about you for the first time?
Nothing I say is absolute. My favorite thing about blogs is the personal aspect of it. That means I could be experiencing something completely differently, and not everyone will relate to it! So, take what I say in the lens of your own experience.