It has been two weeks since I have come back to Cleveland, and I must say things are much different for me. I have definitely felt the effects of reverse culture shock as I have tried to adjust to my normal 40 hour work week. It has been different living with air conditioning, a car for me to get around, and people with American accents. I am glad to be home, but I already miss London and the freedom I had here. It was an amazing experience to live in a global city like London.
The main thing that I learned from my time in London was how to adapt to new environments. I had never been out of the country before my study abroad experience, and I often found myself in places and situations that I was unfamiliar with. I had to learn how to approach these situations in the best way that I could. This was prominent in my first few days learning to use the Tube and also in my internship where I had to learn to work in a fast paced environment. This was the main skill I wanted to improve upon when I studied abroad, and I’m glad to say that I definitely have achieved this goal. Adaptability is a huge skill to have. I will use this throughout my next two years at Pitt and further down the road when I begin my career.
I have also seen myself grow professionally through my global internship. I learned a ton of new things about the business world and tried to take away as much as I could from my experience. I further developed my communication skills as I was able to coordinate my tasks and objectives easily with my supervisor. My internship stressed the importance of meeting deadlines and how valuable time is. In my future internships and career, I know that I will have to put plenty of work in rather than skating by if I want to remain with my company or move up to a higher position.
Overall, my 6 weeks in London were some of the best moments of my life. I was able to work, study, and explore one of the most prominent cities in the world. I met tons of people who have taught me so much and who I will deeply miss. I can’t wait to go back one day and see this great city again, and I am so thankful and blessed for the opportunity to do this study abroad program.