Hello all! As some of you know already, my names Jon Moore and I’m from Terre Haute. My video was selected as the 2011 winner of InternationalStudent.com’s great video contest. I can never say “thank you” enough to everyone there for this opportunity. To be honest I never thought in a million years a rap video I made with my best friends would grant me something so amazing.
When I started this semester I really had no intentions of studying abroad, I’m currently working two jobs and though the thought has crossed my mind I never had the proper motivation. That’s when I met Shawn James. Shawn is an international student from Malta currently studying at Indiana State. I met him in class and we became friends instantly. Shawn had the opportunity to live and study in London for six years and was constantly telling me how perfect of a place England was for a guy like me. I scheduled a meeting with Indiana State’s Study Abroad Advisor Janis Halpern (“I went up to Janis…I asked her what the plan is..”) and she showed me Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. After applying, being accepted, and meeting with representatives from the University I knew I needed a way to pay for the trip. I was up late one night when I came across InternationalStudent.com and knew that was my calling. With the help of many of my friends, “English Swaggin” was born. Since my duties were needed as the star of the video, I contacted John Wakim, a fellow Sycamore student who also contributes to Sycamore Video. To see more of John’s great work check out his Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/WakimDream1
I currently have 36 days until I leave Terre Haute for Chicago where I’ll be spending my last week in U.S with friends that attend DePauw and Columbia to bring in the New Year before flying out January 4th for Manchester!
I look forward to updating this and sharing my journey to the U.K.