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Niall O'Hagan is this year's Study USA Student of the Year. Niall who studies Accounting at Queen's Management School celebrates his success with runners up and fellow Queen's University students, Jordan Mackin (English and Linguistics) and Niamh Sammon (Law).
Niall spent a year studying business at Arcadia University, Pennsylvania in 2016/17. Jordan attended Alverno College in Wisconsin and Niamh Sammon, studied at Ferrum College, Virginia.
On his award, Niall said "Taking part in Study USA was one of the most fulfilling years of my life. I started the year feeling unsure and nervous about what I was going to experience and I finished the year with memories of people I met, lessons I had learnt and places I had visited which have helped me to grow in confidence and give me a broader view of the way I look at the world. It has been a truly life changing experience.
During winter break I applied for a Summer Auditing Internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and I was fortunate to be offered one of fifteen internship positions for the summer of 2017. Throughout the internship I was able to draw on my Study USA experience and my new found self-confidence and I was rewarded at the end of the program with the offer of a graduate training contract once I complete my degree in 2018."
Study USA is managed by British Council Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department of the Economy. This programme is designed to enable local higher education students to broaden their academic learning through spending a year at an American college, studying business oriented subjects. The programme also aims to broaden global awareness and to develop skills that will help participants to become future managers and leaders.
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