A very tourist day!

Today was our visit to Oxford and Blenheim Palace. As a history major, it was very cool to see the architecture and hear the stories of each location. There were plenty of reformation stories which are always cool to hear given their importance in Catholic history and theology. We started in Oxford near the location…

Thank You Oxford University and Many More!

Today is the second to last day of our stay England and I am certainly feeling sad about the matter. I’ve learned so much during my time in Birmingham, visiting Birmingham City University, the nearby museums, and meeting so many new faces. While I wish I had more time to expand the knowledge I’ve gained,…

I Belong in a Palace

Today I felt studious and smart visiting Oxford University. To begin I didn’t even know Oxford was an actual city in England, I thought it was just the name of the university. Furthermore I didn’t know that Oxford wasn’t a university like Pitt is, it’s actually made up of 39 different colleges. Although we saw…

Oxford leading us out..

It’s crazy to say that this is my last blog of my trip. I have had so much fun and learned so much. I spent my last learning day in Oxford. There were so many old medieval-like buildings, and tons of people on bikes and motorcycles. We were led again by Tim, who was our…

Gonna Miss You BCU!

Today was presentation day and it was really nerve racking for all of us. There were four groups for presentations and each group had about 12-15 minutes to present what we learned during our time here and the UK and how it compares to the US.  Even though we were very anxious to present I…

PhD Prepared

Today, we woke up with the intention of having a class and then focusing on presentations. However, life happened and we got to work on our presentations for a good few extra hours. I loved and needed this, as I am an anxious individual and felt that the more practice we got the better our…

Farewell BCU

Today was the final day of spending time and learning at Birmingham City University. While I am sad that my time at BCU has come to an end, the knowledge, mentors, and students I’ve met, and the skills I’ve gained from my peers will always stick with me. Today, at the university, our group presented…

B C U later

My last class at BCU was filled with so much information that expanded my knowledge so much. I am so glad I had the opportunity to explore Birmingham City University and meet amazing faculty and students. Without this trip, I would still be blindsided in so many aspects of the world that were brought to…

Lecturee becomes the Lecturer

Today was our last day at the BCU campus. We ended our time at BCU with our group presentations that we had been preparing for since before we left. This was our way to summarize everything that we had learned and apply it to Healthcare and Education. My group, which was just the two of…

Good Old Days

Today has been my favorite day since I’ve been in Birmingham! We woke up early and headed to a children’s charity center called Action for Children. After spending the first half of the day inside the facility, we headed to Birmingham City University to hear a lecture on social work within the education and healthcare…

Kids are the CUTEST

Today we visited the Ladywood Family Center. The center aims to provide families with early years services. The center provides great learning and opportunities for children and their families to thrive in order to lead more confident, caring, and capable lives. The location we visited, Sandwell, is a very ethnically diverse area with 51% of…

My Mother is a Social Worker

Social Work in the UK is considered to be on par and in collaboration with Education and Nursing. In the US, this is different. I know this because my mother is a Social Worker in the US for a company called Pressley Ridge. She is the project director for the residential placements for those with…

Childhood > Uni

What I learned today made it the most rememberable day on this trip so far. We visited the Ladywood Family Center, which is a place where parents can drop off their children, along with their belongings and do whatever they need to do for the day. It is almost equivalent to a daycare-like setting, however…

Reminiscing of Childhood

We had the opportunity today to explore the Ladywood Family Centre, a family center operated by the Wets Smethwick Enterprise (WSE) Charity. The center provides a place for children ages 1-4 to partake in pre-school activities while supporting their families as well. Many of these centers are placed in high-poverty areas as a means to…

Holland or Italy?

Which would you choose? Getting asked this question is confusing at first at least for me. Although after thinking about each place you realize more than Italy is the dream place right? Everyone dreams of ending up in Italy. Well in today’s lecture this was an example used by one of our guest speakers, Sally…