Laura Kuenssberg is a political correspondent for the BBC. Her experience at Georgetown University, USA offered her an incredible opportunity to clarify her future career.
Studying abroad wasn’t something I had planned to do during my time at Edinburgh. But now, a decade later, I consider my year in the United States to be the greatest gift my Edinburgh education gave me.
As well as meeting some great friends, I experienced American campus life at Georgetown, which at times was just like in the movies.
More than anything else though, the American system of internships led me to work a couple of days a week on a TV current affairs programme. It wasn't just great fun - it really confirmed that I wanted to work in broadcasting and gave me the confidence to pursue a job in TV on my return.
I'm lucky that I have been able to indulge the fondness and fascination with America my year abroad gave me by covering the last two Presidential elections for the BBC.
This article was published on Jun 22, 2010