In her last post, Ryan outlines her top 10 takeaways from studying abroad in London and how they formed pivotal moments during her experience.
Thinking back to my study abroad experience in London, it would not have been complete without my internship at emc3, my favorite class, and all the time spent in the city. Here are my top 10 takeaways from this studying abroad in London.
1. Workforce Culture
The first major takeaway I had from studying abroad was the difference in the culture of the workforce. While I had the opportunity to intern, I learned a lot about the fun atmosphere a UK office can contain. In the office, music was playing and everyone was extremely friendly and upbeat!
A pivotal part of my journey in studying abroad would be the independence I gained from the entire experience. Independence not only in my lifestyle; but in my way of thinking; my ideology. Most importantly I had the opportunity to witness things in my own light, without the opposition of routine affecting my growth.
The dedication it took to not only throw myself completely in the experience but to spend a considerable amount of my time working and studying was a huge aspect of my abroad experience. It took dedication to try and immerse myself in all realms of studying and interning abroad.
4. Diversity in Thought and Way of Life
My favorite part of the experience was definitely the way that it molded my thought and how I see things. I was exposed to perspectives, styles, and cultural components in a way that altered my entire view of the world. Seeing the way life moves from place to place was entirely beautiful to me.
5. Different Perspectives
The perspectives I gained from being away from home was another crucial part of this trip. I enjoyed being outside of my familiar surroundings and being able to see foreign relations in an up close, real world lens. The insight I gained from this is unlike anything I would have expected.
6. Food Differences
It is a typical note on any abroad experience that the food will be a major part of the adjustment. Although I didn’t notice a big difference in the actual cuisine, the culture surrounding food, portions, and the way it is consumed is entirely different to what we do in the States.
One of my favorite components of my abroad experience was the way that the transportation allowed me to interact and truly get an organic experience in the places I was. I felt that I truly assimilated into the culture by just hopping on the tube, and it gave me so many more opportunities to connect further.
Style and fashion have always been an integral part of my life, and experiencing the beauty of London fashion firsthand was highly anticipated in preparing for my trip. After arriving and seeing the differences in fashion, I realized the way humans can express themselves and find connection in something as simple as clothes.
Personally, I didn’t notice an unusual change in weather...BUT it was one of the hottest summers in the entire UK history, so being a part of that, and experiencing something so unusual with the people in my city made me feel more connected and gave me something to bond over with locals.
10. Time Change
Lastly, the time change made a difference in my experience. Whether it was news or events, or trying to contact people from home, it made it a little more difficult to adjust to scheduling. I noticed a difference in schedules, such as the structure of an American workday and one in London.
Hopefully you get to also experience pivotal and exciting moments during your study abroad semester!
See more of Ryan's journey in London.