Updates: Budgets, a British Valentine’s

Hello everyone! I am rounding out my 3rd week here in Manchester and I can't comprehend how. It feels like I've lived a whole life here already! I'm still a work in progress and learning so much still. Every time it seems like I've mastered something, I learn the right way to do it a … Continue reading Updates: Budgets, a British Valentine’s

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Bad Friend Abroad

I woke up one morning with a message from a friend. She wrote to me in the middle of the night and said she missed me. She needed to talk. I rolled onto my side in bed and set my phone down instead of replying. I know I should have messaged her back, but it … Continue reading Bad Friend Abroad

Can I get a couple more once-in-a-lifetime experiences, please?

I have been out of the country for six weeks now, but I have been consumed by the fear of ending this program with regrets. My weekend trips out of London have been more organized than my sleep schedule lately. In a month, I’ve explored four different countries and northern England. I’ve made new friends … Continue reading Can I get a couple more once-in-a-lifetime experiences, please?

Live on BBC: Lying to my grandmother got me on “The One Show”

Last Monday, my Media In Britain class attended a live recording of “The One Show” at the BBC Broadcasting House. When we arrived at the studio, an audience manager checked-off our names and asked us if we could answer an audience participation question for the show. She asked if any of us had been caught … Continue reading Live on BBC: Lying to my grandmother got me on “The One Show”

Overcoming Fear: How Fearing Strangers Led to Better Sleep

Hostels are a foreign concept for many American students. Many of us in the UF group feel uncomfortable or fearful toward the idea of a stranger sleeping above us on a bunk bed. A general sense of suspicious is a side effect of growing up with wide personal-space bubbles and Disney resort hotels. Our adaptivity … Continue reading Overcoming Fear: How Fearing Strangers Led to Better Sleep

Homesickness and Sniffles: The realities of missing home after a week

In London, when you get sick it is recommended you do not go to the doctor right away. First, you go to the pharmacy down the street to ask for over-the-counter medicine and tissues. You go to the doctor if these remedies don’t work. In London, when you get homesick it is recommended that book … Continue reading Homesickness and Sniffles: The realities of missing home after a week

How my UF online class gave me FOMO on London

Fear of missing out (FOMO) has geographically significant definitions. In London, FOMO means the fear of missing out free museum walks or late night drinks with my internship colleagues. You’re probably thinking I am supposed to fear missing out on Gainesville-life, but instead Gainesville has me fearing I will miss out on my time in … Continue reading How my UF online class gave me FOMO on London