London is Where I Want To Be

Jan 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In her first post, Kelly expresses her admiration for London and shares her expectations for an exciting semester and internship abroad.


When selecting a study abroad program, I had no doubt London was where I wanted to be. Not only does London host a number of magazines, but it's one of the chicest cities in the world. London bursts with fashion. The history, art and architecture ignite my curiosity. I've never been to London, but I can tell I will constantly be learning while there. Whether I'm admiring the architecture or wandering through exhibits in a museum, I'll always absorb the stories London tells.

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I'll find myself learning not only in the classroom or at my internship, but also while on the streets exploring all the city has to offer. I chose to study and intern in London because I know learning and having that internship experience will set me up for continued success throughout my career and personal goals. London possesses all of my areas interest–most importantly, fashion, magazines and design. In my life, and in the career I am working toward through current internships and academics, I ceaselessly partake in these areas of interest.

I expect myself to continue constantly immersing myself in these areas of interest. It's exciting because I'll be able to experience these interests in a way I never have before. I'll be in London during London Fashion Week. Occurring every February and September, this week showcases over 150 British and international designers presenting a diverse selection of products to international journalists, buyers, stores, and stylists alike. I'm particularly excited to see people's street style during this week and hope I can up my fashion game during this time, too.

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Aside from London Fashion Week, I'm excited to experience British culture and view the architecture. Going to the cinema and learning all about contemporary British film through one of my courses is an aspect of the culture I'm particularly excited about. I absolutely love film. Movies allow the viewer to dive into a world separate from their own. The stories along with the technical aspects of film intrigue me. I can't wait to learn more.

Living in London for four months may even feel like I'm in a movie. As far as architecture goes, I love a well-designed building. Based on pictures and films I've seen, London has some pretty good-looking buildings. I have no doubt I'll be snapping a photo of every building I come across in that beautiful city.

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Before I jet off, I've realized that my excitement overrides any worries I have. I'd say the only thing I'm worried about right now would be navigating London. I have absolutely no sense of direction. I have, in fact, gotten lost before while using a GPS. My sense of direction is truly sad. But I aim to know my way around London by the end of the program, at least.

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Hopefully, I master some sort of direction before then. Sometimes, the best moments actually come from getting lost, so it's not necessarily a bad thing. Unintentional wrong turns could turn into the best moments or discoveries of my life.

Let the journey begin.

Thanks Kelly!

Kelly's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Topics: London, England, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, First Thoughts