A successful first exchange visit for students from ILR School, Cornell University, USA

Archived Article • 27 January 2011 • Feature

Last term WBS welcomed its first exchange students from the ILR School (Industrial & Labor Relations School) at Cornell University, Karl Delaroche and Nicole Wolski.

Karl DelarocheOriginally from Napa, California, Karl is a third year student at the ILR school. He was keen to be one of the first Cornell students to study at Warwick as he felt it gave him a chance to be part of something special.

Nicole WolskiNicole comes from Hickory, North Carolina, and is in her fourth and final year at ILR, due to graduate in May of this year. She began her studies in North Carolina and transferred to Cornell at the beginning of her third year. She loved the idea of studying in England and coming to Warwick was her first trip outside the United States.

We caught up with Karl and Nicole in the final week of term to ask them for their reflections before they returned to Cornell to continue their studies.

Why did you choose to come to Warwick?

Karl: I chose Warwick for two main reasons, location and academics. First, the Business School is one of the best in Europe and this reputation, coupled with the very prestigious Industrial Relations Research Unit meant that I knew I was getting the best instruction in subjects which matched my interests perfectly. Next, the location of Warwick was exactly what I was looking for. I was able to spend weekends in London and Birmingham, I was close to historical sites like Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon and I was able to have all of this while staying on campus and at a School with a real university atmosphere.

Nicole: I had always wanted to see England and Warwick gave me not only the chance to do that, but also to study at one of the best Schools in the UK and therefore grant me a wonderful cultural and learning experience.

What is the main difference between Warwick and Cornell?

Karl: For me the main difference between Warwick and Cornell was the frequency of evaluations. At Warwick there were no preliminary test or papers in my classes, everything came at the end of the semester. It was a bit tough to get used to not having any prelims to give me an idea of how I was doing .

What was your best experience at Warwick?

Nicole: My best experience at Warwick was when I made Thanksgiving for the 19 people in my kitchen. I actually got to use a lot of the principles I learned in Project Management to accomplish it and I had a wonderful time with all of my amazing friends in England.

Anything else?

Karl: My time in Europe was one of the best experiences of my life. I loved Warwick and my travels. Thank you very much and I wish you and the School the best.

Nicole: I would definitely recommend the exchange to other students. It has been an absolutely wonderful and amazing experience for me. I have learned so much from my classes and been given a much broader set of views because of them and am able to think on a more international scale that it was definitely worth it. Also I made so many international friends and had so much fun in societies that if I could, I would go back and do it all over again.

Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Programme, Professor Peter Corvi commented, "WBS was delighted to welcome Karl and Nicole from Cornell. We have enjoyed having them here and have benefited from their time with us. We wish them all the best for their future careers as they return to the USA. Over this year we will have welcomed no fewer than 139 exchange and visiting students from higher education institutions around the world, and trust all will return home with happy memories of their time here, and perhaps most importantly, positive learning experiences which will be of benefit to them throughout their lives."


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