Goodbye For Now, London

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…

Becoming a Permanent Londoner

Over the course of the semester my roommates and I have always talked about how we could easily see ourselves living in London full time. It’s impossible to run out of things to do in the city, and the tube make it easy to access everything the city has to offer. If I were to…

The Challenges of Being a Londoner

While my time in London has been great, it’s definitely not without its challenges. My biggest challenge so far has been adjusting to working 20 hours a week, taking 5 classes, and exploring enough of the city. I’m someone that gets exhausted easily so it took me a really long time to get used to…

Spring Break – Bye London!

For my spring break I went to Athens and Budapest for about four days each. This was really exciting to me for two reasons: it was my first time leaving London, and Greece has always been my dream travel location. I went with a group of about 8 people but many of us took different…

Learning to Adapt

I had all sorts of expectations for my study abroad program before I left, mostly about academics, work, and personal time. Some of them ended up being true but most were different, but ultimately led to some really good experiences. The biggest difference between my expectations and reality ended up being about my classes. I…

Adjusting to Interning in London

I was so excited when I got my internship placement for the semester – an IT internship with Grant Thornton International. The position seemed to be very similar to my last IT internship back in Pittsburgh, so I had a lot of expectations of what my day-to-day activities were going to be in London. Some…

A Londoner’s Daily Commute to Work

Even before coming to London, I was dreading having to learn how the Tube works. I’m notoriously terrible at directions, especially when it comes to public transportation. My hometown of Anchorage, Alaska doesn’t have much public transportation, so I first really experienced it when coming to Pitt. I got lost while trying to navigate the…

Living in London!

I still remember the excitement that I felt when I finally received my housing assignment, it’s when the whole program started to feel real – I was going abroad! I got placed into Richmond Courts, which is a nice set of flats in the Kensington/Hammersmith area. There are three rooms in my flat: a bedroom…

Preparing to Travel Across the Pond

Hi! My name is Tian Ah You and I will be studying abroad in London through the Global Business Institute program in Spring 2019. I’m a Junior majoring in Business Information Systems with a certificate in Business Analytics. Outside of class I’m mostly involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity, but have previously also…