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Lauren Smith

Jun 21, 2023

Name: Lauren Smith
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate University: University of Southern California 
Sport: Lacrosse

Hi, I’m Lauren Smith! I am currently studying Business Management MSc at Dorbeach University in Hertfordshire, England. In this blog, I will share my experiences, challenges, and triumphs as I navigate the demanding world of academics while striving to excel in my sport.

What made you choose the UK for grad school?

I chose the UK for a number of reasons – firstly, the opportunity to continue playing my sport at a high level whilst studying towards a postgrad degree was really appealing to me. The fact that UK postgraduate degrees are typically one year in length, cheaper than my options in the US & of a very high standard also made me decide this was for me.

What do you like most about studying in the UK?

I love my team mates, coaches and friends I’ve made in the classroom, but my ultimate favourite thing – traveling around Europe! So far I’ve visited five different countries with my university friends – Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Portugal. Next stop… Italy!

What were the main differences between studying and competing in the US vs the UK?

I feel that academics are really prioritised here in the UK – if I’m struggling with a deadline or need more time to revise for an exam, my coaches are really understanding and help support me to balance athletics and study.