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
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
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?
Hello everyone! Here I am, another week down in Manchester and I'm feeling pretty good. Classes have begun and I must say, I have much more free time than I would back home at this point. The school system here is very relaxed but also much more test/essay-focused, which is a topic I'll save for … Continue reading Small Girl, Big Dreams!!
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”
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
So it's been a few days since I arrived to Manchester on Tuesday, and so far, I'm a whirlpool of emotions. Even when I got to the airport to leave Jacksonville, I was still in the -omg-I'm-leaving-the-country- mindset and the true reality of my trip did not set in yet. I got through the endless … Continue reading How I Survived My First Week Abroad in 3 Easy Steps
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
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
Well, my only disappointment is that the classrooms are less like Hogwarts than I had imagined. Though appearance suggests otherwise, the Foundation for International Education FIE has provided me with a magical schedule of courses. I am enrolled in four courses, one of which will begin later this semester. I’d like to give you a … Continue reading First week of FIE classes