Maisie Haney is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Maisie shares how identity will play a part in her study abroad experience in London, along with her packing list for the semester.
I've been itching to study abroad and to do so in London with CAPA couldn't make any more sense than it already does. I am a liberal-minded art history student and artist, as well as a music enthusiast. My identity is like this window-maker, and the window-maker only likes the color of roses (for any sort of reference, and you can look this up, I am a Venus in Pisces). Looking through this window, it is so obvious to me that I will head back home at the end of all things with a richer appreciation for the arts, whatever that may consist of, by December 2018.
Attending Rollins College, the local private college in my hometown of Winter Park, I’ve noticed the emphasis placed on studying abroad is ever-present. They urge students to experience the conventions, values, landscapes, etc., of other global cities; the school’s goal, as a liberal arts school, is to ensure our minds have wandered and our horizons have broadened. I think this may also be why we have the idea of identity so fresh on our minds as we prepare for departure. What comprises my identity? It seemed important to ask myself this question, requirements as per Rollins International Programs aside, almost to reassure myself that I would fit in well in London. I chose The Big Smoke (there really is for some reason no pleasant nickname for London, though I do not find this to be discouraging) because it seemed as though every part of my academic and professional life there would coincide with my personal life effortlessly.