A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

As my time in London is coming to a close, I have experienced and learned a lot in the past few months. I’ve learned a lot about myself, my capabilities and what I enjoy most.

It honestly didn’t really hit me that I was abroad until recently. I had become rather home sick in the middle of March and was about ready to pack up my bags and leave, but then it all hit me.

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I had been having some roommate problems (which we all have from time to time) and I wanted to just walk away and leave. We had all the same friends and we were spending too much time together and for a little bit I was at a loss because I was unsure of what to do.  But that’s when the “I’m abroad moment” finally hit me. I’m in London, getting to travel around Europe, an experience that most people my age or generally ever get to take. It’s not that I wasn’t embracing being abroad during my whole experience, but I realized that studying abroad outweighed small emotional issues and I needed to make the most of the remainder my time here.

I no longer wanted to go home, I wanted to thrive and be happy again. What I ended up doing was reaching out to friends I had made through out my time in the program that I never really hung out with before. That ended up being a wonderful decision and the people that I currently have by my side are very kind and are up for adventures.

Living in London has made me more comfortable to push my comfort levels. Reaching out to new people to ensure that I was making the most of my time here was the best decision I could have made. My favorite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “Do one thing every day that scares you”. London gives endless opportunities to do multiple things everyday to push the envelope and I’ve learned so much about myself and experiencing another culture from being here.

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If you were to ask me to navigate the tube when I first got here, or understand the bus system, or plan a trip or know where to eat, I would have had no idea what to do. But a few weeks ago, I was able to navigate my family around the city when they visited me, I’ve helped plan about 5 different trips (one of which involved 3 countries), I’m able to make recommendations to other tourists when they ask and even give them directions!

Being in a different country can be scary, and it may be hard to adapt from time to time, but it’s always worth it. You must always make the most out of a once in a life time opportunity and I’m proud to say that I truly think I am. Less than 2 weeks to go, I’m excited to see my family and friends, but I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to leave!