Queen's University Belfast student Niall O'Hagan has been named Study USA Student of the Year.
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.
Their "can do" attitude is something we can all learn from and the Study USA experience has shown me that I can push myself harder and achieve much more than I ever thought was possible.
During winter break I applied for a Summer Auditing Internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and I was fortunate to be offered one of 15 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 gave me the drive and the push to go after the PwC position and I don't think that would have happened if I had stayed in Belfast and completed my final year degree.
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