An interview with an events manager
Life-long New Yorker, Adellyn Polomski, had quite a culture shock studying in the UK, but she loved every minute of it.
What did you study, and where?I went to the University of Leeds (BA) and Leeds Metropolitan (MSc) in the north of the UK.
What led you to choose events management?While taking my undergrad I worked part-time at a radio station in Leeds, then called Galaxy FM, where I would work on a lot of their radio events around Yorkshire and I really enjoyed the experiential part of that work. Going to the clubs, the live music, interacting with the talent all really appealed to me.
What was it like to study in the UK?I would definitely recommend it! I moved to the UK without any friends or family being there and it really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It taught me how to be independent in a culture that was completely different from my own.
I feel that if you want to be a valuable member of the global society it is important to experience life outside of your own community/country. A lot of my experiences I had in the UK have helped shape me as an adult and have had a huge impact on my daily life back home. As I work in the dance music industry I have a lot of clients who come from the UK and they are shocked to hear that I lived in the UK for 5 years and ESPECIALLY surprised when I say it was in Leeds!
What was the hardest thing about studying abroad?I think when you typically go to university or college you know someone at that uni, or a distant cousin or a friend of a friend you met at someone’s birthday party once who was there to start to make friends. I however did not know anyone, and most Americans who go to uni in the UK only end up staying for a semester so it was important for me to make friends who would be there for the duration of my course.
The accommodation the uni put me in was also not great, my flatmates were very religious and I was not at all. So where most people end up making their best friends from halls, it pushed me to make friends outside of my halls.
What did your MA consist of?It consisted of classes, written essays, presentations and a 20,000 word dissertation. I did mine on the rave tourism phenomenon.