There’s no question that my time in London was the best seven weeks of my life. As I reflect on my trip back home in Philadelphia, I feel nothing but gratitude for everyone who made this trip possible.
Because London is one of the most, if not the most, diverse cities in the world, I learned a great deal about a multitude of different cultures. I tried foods that I never would have imagined trying here in The States, and met people from many different places across the globe, including Macedonia, Peru, and Bangladesh, just to name a few.
Learning how to navigate the London Underground system was my favorite personal achievement, as it granted me a new sort of autonomy. My knowledge of the tube extends far beyond that of the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh public transportation systems, and I was very surprised at how quickly I became comfortable exploring such a large city own my own. As I explored London more and more, the city felt much more manageable and much more like home.
As mentioned in my previous blog posts, I was lucky enough to intern in the finance department at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House. This opportunity presented me with my first experience working in an office environment, and it was certainly unique. Not only did I learn a lot about finance and communication, as previously mentioneed, but I learned quite a bit about myself and how I work. Perhaps one of the most important things I learned through this work experience was to ask questions. I learned that it is much more beneficial to ask a lot of questions in order to do something right, rather than not to ask a question and get it wrong.
As a business student and future business professional, my time abroad taught me quite a bit about dealing with international colleagues and clients. I now know to approach these matters more delicately, as there are often major differences between workplace cultures. This will be an undeniable asset to me as I apply for jobs this upcoming fall.
Overall, I am incredibly grateful for having been able to undergo this journey. I was nervous before leaving for London to say the least, but I could not be happier with the outcome. I had even almost decided not to study abroad. In London I found my new home– maybe not at the moment, but it certainly will be someday! Cheers!