Is this real life?London Direct Enrollment, Spring 2011

So, I have been back in the U.S. for 6 days and I want to leave already. After living in London for 4 months and then returning home to my usual routine, I soon realized why I love London so much. I am already sick of driving, in London I loved that all I had to do was get dressed and walk out my door to get to the places I needed to go. Surprisingly I miss the tube as well. Today, I went shopping an hour away with my mom and driving there seemed to take FOR-EV-ER but then I realized I commuted to class an hour everyday and to me that seemed like nothing.

I was also reminded how un-fashionable people are in State College, ok that is a little harsh let me rephrase that. I was reminded how casual people dress in State College. I miss how everyone dressed up in London and still looked effortless even if they were just going to the grocery store. I miss people watching and seeing the fabulous women walking up and down Pont Street where all of the designer stores are.

Don’t get me wrong I am happy to be back because I missed my family soo much, especially my mom (hi mom!). I also missed sleeping in my gigantic bed and having my own room once again, even though I loved my roommate Olimpia. I am also grateful that I am back to using the dollar, even though I currently don’t have any.

Although all of these things are nice, I would gladly trade in my bed and the dollar and live with fifteen people and be broke to be back in London. Before I went abroad I simply thought that I would spend four months in a great city, meeting new people, and traveling on the weekends. Even though all of these things are true, I didn’t realize that those four months would completely change my perspective on life. I have seen so many things and learned so much that studying abroad has proved to be invaluable to me.

I don’t want to preach but I feel that it is necessary that I do to get my point across. For anyone planning on studying abroad…DO IT! Even if it is not in London (although I highly recommend it), you will never be as free as you are now to get up and travel around Europe for a whole semester. I have grown so much as a person from this experience and I can honestly say that I don’t regret anything about my entire trip.

I learned how to travel by myself, fend for myself, budget my money, cook (barely), survive without my cell phone, live with someone who doesn’t speak English, navigate through a city, and so much more. If you are on the fence or don’t quite know where you want to go, any place will be absolutely wonderful. I guarantee that hardly anyone has anything bad to say about studying abroad.

Before I begin a full on rant I will leave you with this quote by St. Augustine, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I hope you enjoyed my blog! Please leave comments if you have any questions!

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  1. OMG! YES this is exactly what I needed to hear. I have been pondering whether or not attend London for an entire semester but you have definitely convinced me. I am with ya girl!!

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