I am proud to say that ordinary study abroad days here in London are much less than that. My life is busy and hectic but in the best sense. I have made a little family with whom I do most things, and somehow we haven’t gotten sick of each other yet. A Tuesday in my life goes a little like this:   8:00 Wake up, read some emails, do some homework or laundry if need be and get ready for the day. 10:00 Normally by this time, I…

In Skype sessions with my family, I have often said that I love London because everything is so accessible.  It is not surprising that someone like me who’s lived in the same small town I was born in to say.  I often find myself sitting in class or on the Tube or in a café and reminding myself that yes, I am in London!  Here are my favourite places in London: Regent’s Park.  One of the great things about London is that they have so may parks.  Just…

Study abroad in London

There is no shortage of art in London from the museums (that are FREE) to the murals, from the fashion to the architecture. In fact, if you aren’t careful, you might miss a little hanging sculpture in a tree in the park or if you had just gone one more block, you could have caught a Banksy. This past week has been the Frieze Art Fair all over London. It is one of the largest modern art fairs featuring Masters (of modern art) talks and many modern art…

I have travelled a fair amount in my young life. When friends and family find out that I am leaving, we go through the normal “wheres” and “whens.” Never failing, they always ask, “have you seen the movie ‘Taken’ with Liam Neeson?” “Yes I have, it is scary” is always my response when I am actually thinking, Yes I have and I am not as idiotic as that girl. Some advice is warranted, though. Here are the best traveling tips that I have gotten or learned:   1….

William Wordsworth, a nineteenth century English Romantic poet, once travelled through Wales composing his poems, heavily influenced by his surroundings. In my travels through South Wales with CEA this past weekend, I can now fully understand the beauty about which he writes.   We embarked early Saturday to the Roman Legionary amphitheatre in Caerleon. The weather was crisp and slightly rainy, and the drive there breath-taking: hillsides clad in green hue, sectioned off for different farmers’ sheep. It was a fantastic introduction to fall as well as a…

Study Abroad in London

It was a dream that came upon me too quickly to process. I arrived in London one day before the London Fashion Weekend started, I saw the signs on Oxford Street, saw models walking around everywhere, thinking to myself, if only. The week commenced with move-in and tours and orientations and meetings with advisors and new friends. Monday was when one of my new friends, Haley, started talking about Fashion Weekend; I knew we would be good friends from the start. All of the sudden, she asks if…

1)    There is Always Something Going On There is absolutely no excuse to be bored in Londontown! Between museums, pubs, theatres, parks, historical landmarks, and restaurants, there is never a dull moment. The best part about most of these attractions is that a lot of them are free (all museums are free in London, unless it is a special exhibit) and most can be enjoyed by yourself. At Martin Creed’s “What’s the Point of it?” Exhibit   London’s nightlife is the perfect place to get groovy (I’m sorry,…

I can say with a certain level of confidence that all study abroad students enjoy traveling (otherwise why are you here?). With that shocking revelation all sorted out, I can guarantee that most of you potential or future study abroaders will be traveling most of your weekends. This is especially true for us Europe folk who have access to an overwhelming amount of countries to visit within a semester. A weekend might not seem like much time to explore a new place, but if I could ski the…

The only reason social media exists is so that we have another platform to brag about our lives, right? Regardless if you agree or disagree with that statement, picture sharing is one of the most common things to do via social networking and studying abroad automatically improves your pictures by 100% (it’s scientific fact). So grab your cameras and follow these instructions because we’re about to get artsy.    I’ve got a feeling we’re not in America anymore… (Ireland, actually)  1) Location, Location, Location Social media is a business,…

I knew before I applied for my semester abroad that I wanted to experience life as an intern. While it is a bit daunting and a little intimidating, having an internship has taught me many things and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in gaining professional skills at an international level. With that said, here are some reasons why you should intern abroad.               1)    Boost Your Résumé  This is probably the most obvious reason to intern abroad, but there’s nothing wrong with that! In this…