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Victoria Baines

A bit about yourself...

I’m from Kent, which is near London but much greener! I love spending my time in art galleries, theatres and at gigs, but above all my favourite way to spend my time is simply going for walks around wherever I’m living and piecing together what makes it tick. Often found baking. 

What do you study at King’s?

Liberal Arts (Major in Comparative Literature, Minor in German)

Where did you Study Abroad?

University of California, Berkeley for a semester, and Fudan University in Shanghai for a summer 

Why did you choose to Study Abroad?

I’ve been lucky enough to have had a couple of experiences living abroad before, and knew how much of a positive impact both times had had on my life. I was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to live in other countries again. On both instances, I made sure to seek academic experiences I couldn’t get at King’s. The chance to spend 5 months in the Californian sun also had its appeal!

Favourite travel destinations on your trip?

In China, it was probably the Great Wall. I know it’s super cliché, but it really is breath-taking. In the USA, it was definitely the weekend I spent with a group of friends in Santa Cruz. We slept in a dome in the redwoods, went swimming in a river and even fitted in a visit to the Big Foot Museum! 

Lost in translation moment?

Pretty much any time we attempted to tell taxi drivers where we wanted to go in Shanghai.  

What advice do you have to anyone interested in travelling abroad?

Absolutely look into all the possibilities offered by King’s as there are probably more ways to go abroad and receive financial help than you might think. And don’t be afraid to go somewhere more challenging! Studying in China was really tricky at points, but I grew so much more as a person because of it, and the hard times made the good even more worth it.

Where would you like to travel to next?

I’d love to travel across Russia, then down into South Korea and over to Japan. Or maybe I’ll just do a beach holiday with friends in the Mediterranean! 


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