Hello again! I am so excited to writing to you all as I finish up the first half of my semester here in London. Fun fact about London is that they refer to college as “Uni”! While here I am not partaking in an internship, but I am taking 5 classes. These classes are requirements for me to complete my marketing major and international business certificate. I am taking Managing Global Supply Chains, International Economics, International Marketing, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior, and Analyzing and Exploring the global city. All of my classes have been great so far and I loved getting to know my new classmates and professors. My favorite class so far (and cannot recommend enough) is Analyzing and Exploring the global city, since we go on a field study almost every week and learn about the importance of London as a global city and its history.
Taking classes in London has definitely been an adjustment and brought upon some challenges. First, my commute to class is no longer a short walk around campus, rather I have to take a 40-minute tube ride to my classes. However, the CAPA center is located in South Kensington which is a beautiful area of London surrounded by shops and museums. Next, classes only occur once a week and last for about 3 hours, which has been a challenge to get used to. But because of this. we do not have classes on Fridays which allows for us to have more time to explore the city. Additionally, while it has been so great meeting students from other universities and having professors who have taught at different universities, it has been an adjustment to work with new students who do not have the same Pitt background experience, and it has been an adjustment learning what professors abroad expect from students. From studying in London so far, I have learned the importance of adaptability, being flexible, and time management.
Overall, while Uni in London has been very different to my time at Pitt, I have loved getting to experience it every day and slowly adjust to the London student lifestyle. I am so excited to see what the second half of my semester holds!
Until next time!