London CallingLondon Direct Enrollment, Fall 2011
I was 14 when I first visited London – excited and overwhelmed by the bustling metropolis renowned as the European capital of commerce. But let’s be serious, back then I was more enamored with the ‘funny’ accent of the locals and the London Eye than the city’s global influence on the world economy and medieval history.
Now 20 years old, I anxiously await my return to London, to embark on my first study abroad experience. A little bit about me: I’m a Public Relations and Advertising student at Loyola University Chicago, born and raised just south of San Francisco, California. I’m an avid golfer and Chipotle Mexican Grill addict. Trust me, I’ve already figured out where the two London locations are…But don’t worry; plenty of local fare will be consumed during my time in London, I can assure you. Almost all food is good food, in my humble opinion.
In my preparation for studying abroad, I’ve been asking myself an important question, what do I hope to learn during this experience? I’d be lying if I were to say I am excited to learn about purely the things you read about in history textbooks or the classes I will take while I am there. I want to understand what being a true Londoner is all about – who and what defines the city’s culture?
I hope to meet a plethora of UK natives, and learn of their worldviews – what do British people think about issues like global warming and the wars in the Middle East? How will these thoughts differ from those of my American comrades? In other words, what does the UK (and Europe) think of the US, and the big issues that our world faces?
I’ll be studying at University College London, with wide eyes and open ears, hoping to delve deep into London’s culture and let the Underground take me on the adventure of a lifetime.
Check in bi-weekly for my posts that’ll recap my time in London.
Until September 22, Keep Calm and Carry On.
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