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Taylor Walk

Hello! My name is Taylor Walk and I am a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Kinesiology. I spent the first 3 weeks of my summer studying abroad in Europe. The University of Illinois had 14 kids in the class and we met up with my Professor’s colleague from Rice University in Texas and his 14 students for a total of 30 of us on the trip. I spent time in London, York, Edinburgh, and Liverpool. While in the UK I studied healthcare policy and met with The Royal College of General Practitioners, British Medical Association (BMA), BUPA (Private Health Care Company), London School of Tropical Medicine, and other health related companies. The trip flew by and the days were long and busy. Each weekday morning I went to a site visit and learned about healthcare, and certain days I would have another visit in the afternoon. We always found time to site see and enjoy the culture while we were there as well. Our weekends were spent on the British Rail traveling from one country to the next. Traveling the country on crutches was challenging, but I made great friends on the trip that helped me out a lot. One positive was I always was offered a seat on the Underground Tube in London. I was lucky enough to see the London Bridge, Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross, Big Ben, Oxford University, King Arthur’s Seat, and more while I was abroad. I definitely enjoyed my time in Scotland the most, but after 3 weeks without a cell phone and not much wifi I was glad to be headed back home. Although once I got back I had to write the dreaded 15-20 page final comparing the US healthcare system to the healthcare system in the UK. I also greatly appreciated my favorite Etas coming to visit me as soon as I got back. Studying abroad was a very rewarding experience, and I believe learning more about the healthcare system will be very beneficial to me whenever I start working as a nurse. Luckily my foot healed correctly and traveling didn’t cause anymore problems. I am off crutches and running some, but I can’t wait to move back into the house this fall so I can start training with Etas again.

 

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