Angela Pupino

American University
London - Health Practice & Policy

Hi, I’m Angela! I’m a junior at American University, where I’m majoring in International Studies and minoring in Public Health. I enjoy drinking hot chocolate, reading good books, and singing along to *every* song on the Hamilton soundtrack. I grew up in the Rust Belt, live in DC, and can’t wait to study healthcare and experience life in London. I’m not throwing away my shot!

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April 28, 2017

Whenever I travel, I always get nervous that I’ll leave something behind. I’m constantly checking to make sure that I have my passport, phone, or wallet. I always have to double-check that I didn’t leave my phone charger plugged in at the airport charging station or my favorite shirt in my closet.

Leaving London was difficult because I knew that I was leaving part of myself behind. What have I gained in the process?

April 18, 2017

To say that leaving London was heartbreaking for me would be an understatement. But my adventures abroad were not quite over: As a Health Policy and Practice student, I was Jamaica bound.

March 30, 2017

The pedestrian signals on streets in London don’t say “Stop” or “Go”. They say “Wait” and “Cross with Care”.

March 28, 2017

While I spent the day of the attack outside Westminster calmly going about my everyday life here in London, my family and friends back at home were fretting. If your parents are anything like mine, they are regretting letting you study abroad just a bit. They’re wondering why they let you leave your hometown, travel across the world, and face unknown dangers. I have something that I would like to say to them. 

March 21, 2017

When I found out that my service-learning placement for IES was at a homeless shelter, I was nervous. Would the clients be kind or horrible? What kind of tasks would I be doing? What even is service-learning? I had never worked with a population quite so vulnerable before, and now I was being asked to do so in another country.

March 6, 2017

Content Warning: Sexual Assault. My decision to study abroad as a survivor of sexual assault was complicated and nervewracking— and there have honestly been a few bumps in the road. But as I enter my third month in London, I can confidently say that I am thrilled that I chose to go abroad. I have some advice for other survivors who are deciding whether or not a semester abroad is the right choice for them. 

February 28, 2017

As I write this, I’m sitting in the strangest place I’ve ever been in my life. It's also my new favorite place in London. Studying abroad gives you time to delve deeper than the tourist destinations, finding (sometimes strange) places that ignite your imagination. What did I find when I explored a lesser-known London museum?

February 8, 2017

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wrote a cheesy love poem for London. I am in love with this city, with the people I have met, and with the classes I am taking. But every good relationship has to start somewhere. How did I know that IES Abroad’s London Health Practice and Policy Program was right for me?

January 30, 2017

Watching Stonehenge rise up from the Salisbury Plain was surreal.

January 23, 2017

On Friday, I attended a lecture at Oxford University. On Saturday, I visited Cambridge University. On Sunday, I met some students at the London School of Economics as well as the Bishop of London. So I think now is a good time to ask: What happens when a poor student from the American Midwest meets some pretty amazing people?

January 19, 2017

There is something indescribably massive about life in London.
I have some advice for when it feels a bit... too massive.

December 31, 2016

A week before I left for my semester in London, I took a (small) risk.