In this week's post, Katrina shares a typical day in her London life.
Studying abroad with CAPA is an entirely different experience than any I’ve had studying at my home university. Living in a “real flat” as opposed to campus housing means that there’s quite a commute to class and my internship, something I’m not used to experiencing. It was definitely an adjustment, but now I have a daily routine down to a science, and feel like a local going about my day. Here’s my schedule for an average Wednesday or Thursday, when I have my internship at Beauty and the Dirt.
7:30am: Rise and shine! I like to take my time waking up and getting ready for the day, so I feel like I’ve had time to wake up fully before I get to my office. Unlike at Rollins, I can’t roll out of bed and head to class in sweatpants, knowing I can change later. Once I leave the flat in the mornings, I’m gone until late in the evenings.
9:15am: Leave the flat and head to my office on Great Portland Street. I take the Hammersmith and City line, which is thankfully straight out my front door. I like that I have about 30 minutes on the tube to wake up and prepare for the day before having to see people. Sometimes I listen to audiobooks or it’s a great time to keep up on readings for class. Many mornings I pop into Starbucks on the way to the office.
Photo: My morning Starbucks stop
10am: Arrive at my office. Usually when I arrive, my colleague Vesi is the only one at my internship site (my boss arrives later, after spin class). We chat about our evenings, then compare “to do” lists to get ready for the day ahead. And always, always make tea.
1pm: Head out for my lunch break. Even though I try to pack my own lunch to save money, my colleagues always encourage me to pop out midway. It’s nice to be able to take a walk or run any errands I may have if I’m not getting lunch. I get a full hour for lunch, and when I do eat out, that gives me plenty of time to eat in the restaurant or cafe instead of takeaway. There is definitely an emphasis on getting away from the office at lunchtime, which is refreshing.
Photo: A typical lunch spot (and one of my new favorites) - Pret on Great Portland St.
2pm: Back in the office. I usually get my hardest tasks done in the mornings, because after lunch it’s often hard to focus. We do a get a lot of afternoon deliveries, and it’s always fun to see what kind of goodies have been sent to us to review for the site.
6pm: Leave my internship. Depending on the day, I either head home or go to a café to work on homework. It’s definitely a challenge not having a campus library or dedicated study space (the CAPA center closes shortly after I could get there from my internship). It’s important to know your study preferences; some people do just fine trying to do homework in the flat, but I need to be away from my friends (and my bed) to get a lot of work done.
Photo: The walk to my office
7pm: If I’ve gone straight home, I’ll cook dinner when I arrive home (I make a mean toastie... everything else, not so much). Advice to future CAPA students: have a few recipes that you can make and make well; that way you’ll always have a “go-to” meal after a long day at your internship. Trust me, it’s so tempting to just order a pizza or get take-away on the way home, but it will save you so much money (and is much healthier) to cook your own meals (and a bonus if you actually like what you cook).
11pm: Lights out. I try to keep a consistent sleep schedule during the week so I can be up and at ‘em, ready to take on the next day.
Katrina's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.