There’s Multiple Oxfords?!

After today, I can officially say I’ve been to Oxford University! With an early morning wake up and a quick snooze on the 2 hour coach ride (it’s just a bus, I know the British term sounds fancy), we arrived in the very beautiful city of Oxford. The first site to see was the Martyr…

Saying Goodbye is Hard!

Our last day here at BCU wrapped up with group presentations on all of the new information that we’ve learned through our lectures and further research. Leading up to the presentation, I was a mixture of nervous and excited to share our findings. Starting with our original overlying topic, most of our original inquiry questions…

Maybe I should be a peds nurse…

Today was, in my opinion, one of the most fun places we visited on the trip! We visited the Ladywood Family Center, a childcare center located in West Smethwick. Although this location would be compared to a preschool or childcare center in the United States, it was nothing like childcare I had ever seen before….

A Day at the Living Museum!

The weather could not have been any better for our outdoor adventures today! We have been so lucky to only have one rainy day since we landed in England, and today the temperature hit 21 degrees Celsius (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit). After a little bit of a late wake up this morning, we all piled…

Education is Key!

Today’s focus in our lectures at BCU was all about education, specifically the areas of special education! Although I am very far from an education major, I found the information that we received to be quite interesting, and even spark some questions of my own into our research. Our day began with a lecture by…

“Students perpetuate a vision of health that they are surrounded by”

Our day started with an amazing lecture about public health in Britain from Aldo Mussi and James Gilles. We first began with the definition of public health. Many times when we as individuals think about health, it is from the perspective of illness. Being healthy is determined by the absence of physical illness. But this…

“All the world’s a stage”

Despite a very rainy start to our day, I had the best day in Stratford-upon-Avon with everyone from Plus3! After a brief 40 minute train ride (on which I took an amazing nap) we arrived in the town. In our free time before the tour, a large group of us visited the thrift shops on…

Across the pond isn’t so far after all…

It is very easy to enter a new environment and start to compare it to what you know, pointing out everything that is done differently. Instead, I want to acknowledge some parts of the UK’s healthcare system which are very similar to what we have encountered on our own soil. David Waters, and adult ICU…

Everything is on the… left?!

In only two days of the Plus3 experience, I feel like I’ve learned so much about the city architecture, Birmingham City University, and the beautiful and complex history of Birmingham.  On the first official day of the program we received a quick tour of the facility from David Waters. One of my observations about the…

Plus3 & Me: Beckie!

Hello! I am so excited to introduce myself to you all! My name is Beckie Beckford (they/she) and I am from Rahway, New Jersey (central Jersey does exist!). I am a rising sophomore student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Nursing and pursuing a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. On campus I…