Peer Advisors

Jessie ShattuckJessie Lee Shattuck

Major: History

Minor: Classical Studies & Medieval Studies

Year in School: Senior


Study Abroad Program: Educational Programmes Abroad, London

Other Countries you have visited: England, Italy, & Jamaica

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to go abroad through EPA because not only was I able to take classes in London, I was also able to have an internship at the Palestine Exploration Fund Museum. I wanted to experience living in another culture, and also to have work experience that I could add to my resume for my future career goal, so my program was like hitting two birds with one stone. I also chose London because my historical concentration is Anglo-Saxon England, so it was very beneficial for me to visit archaeological sights and the British Museum and Library. 

Favorite memory from studying abroad:

My favorite memory from studying abroad is when I took the train down to Brighton, England. While walking up and down the beach and the iconic Brighton Pier, my new friends and I encountered a lot of people dressed as zombies.  It turns out that the one day we decided to go, it was coincidently the annual Brighton Zombie Walk. When we walked back into the city, there were hoards of people acting as zombies and playfully “terrorizing” the tourists. 

Favorite excursion or adventure:

While in London, I flew down to Rome, Italy for a long weekend. I am fascinated by Roman history and art history in general, so I couldn’t help but take the trip while abroad. I spent a day in Rome, and while there I visited the Colosseum, the Vatican, Capitoline Hill, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps. The second day was spent in Florence where I flew around the city on a rented Segway and also had the opportunity to see Michelangelo’s David. On the third day I took the “Best of Tuscany” bus tour and visited Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, and then went wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside. It was honestly the best weekend of my life!

Why do you think that it is important to study abroad?

I believe that studying abroad helps people become well-rounded individuals. It’s easier to understand how the world works when one sees it from different perspectives. Most employers look for those who have been abroad, because those with new perspectives can be an asset to their positions. In addition, going abroad is a phenomenal experience! Do it now while you are young and have resources through NIU.

Any tips you have for students interested in studying abroad?

Best tip: Just Do It! It may seem daunting with how much work it takes to get your ducks in a row to go abroad…… but in the end it’s well worth it. After your trip, you won’t remember the work it took to get there. Instead you will have invaluable memories of your adventures. And honestly, it’s easier than you think!  Another good tip is to get to know the locals when abroad. It’s hard to taste another culture when you only hang out with other Americans.

Hours you are available in the Study Abroad Office:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3pm