As I am writing this I have exactly two weeks before I finish this study abroad program and leave London. Leaving London doesn’t seem real – similar to how I felt back in January when I couldn’t believe that I was coming to London in the first place. I have grown in so many ways from studying abroad and am excited to take these experiences and continue to develop myself.
When I first arrived, I was disappointed at the little amount of free time that I had throughout the week. However, now I’m very grateful for it because it taught me to be disciplined and prepared me for how life is going to be after college. This is because the internship and class time commitments mirrored a 40 hour a week full time job, leading me to establish a good daily routine. I definitely didn’t expect to learn this, but I feel like it has really helped me to grow personally and professionally and will really benefit me when I graduate at the end of December.
As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, I have gained a lot of writing skills through my study abroad classes. The papers I wrote ranged from reports to analysis to opinion pieces, giving me all kinds of practice writing, as I have barely written any papers during my time back at Pitt. The field studies in my classes have also taught me an important lesson to critically think about your surroundings and assess the significance and history of it.
Interning abroad has showed me how to quickly adapt to other cultures. Working abroad isn’t too different from working in the States, but I have definitely learned how to pick up small cues and notice things that surely will help me in my career going forward.
Traveling to other countries has allowed me to experience even more cultures, especially ones that are more different from the US than London. Having no language barrier made transitioning to London really easy, but I almost wish I was challenged with learning another language. Thus, having places like Budapest, Athens, and Barcelona within 2-4 hour plane rides made it so fun and convenient to get a taste of that. London will always have a special place in my heart, and there is no doubt that I will be back – the only question is when.