Words by Kylie McDonald, a theater performance major at Rider University who studied abroad in London during spring term 2016.
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I’ve been home from London for seven months now.
I’m at the point where I’ve moved on to a different part of my life, but the effects of that chapter are still with me everyday.
The way I see the world is different: I am so intrigued by every person, every piece of architecture, every fact of history, every spontaneous opportunity to do something new and exciting.
I have my time in London to thank for that.
I had never left the country before last year but in the span of three and a half months, I got to travel to ten different countries and experience their landmarks, food, people, and of course, the adventures my friends and I would get ourselves into.
Speaking of friends, I met some of the best, thanks to CAPA. I didn’t know anyone going into this experience and of course when I was placed with five random roommates, I was a little nervous. However, these girls became my home and lifelines in a foreign place, and we shared experiences and memories that I will never forget. No matter where we go in life, I know we have a bond that only we share and no one else can understand.
I’m asked about London at least once a day, whether casually or in a classroom or professional setting, and I love it. I lived in London, and that is a part of who I am now. My study abroad experience with CAPA taught me so much on every level imaginable. I grew personally and professionally, checked things off of my bucket list and did things I never even knew were possible.
I miss my time abroad every day but the beautiful thing is that it has shaped who I am now, how I view the world, and what I want to do with my future. No matter where I end up, I know that my spring 2016 semester in London will have had something to do with it and I could not be more thankful for that.