Life in London, Week 1

Due to popular demand (and by that, I mean my uncle and parents), I have decided to document my study abroad experiences! I have tried this in the past on other trips and failed miserably, but I will do the best I can. On August 31st, I boarded the plane from LAX to the London Heathrow Airport and as I sit here two weeks later, it’s crazy to think of what a whirlwind it has been since. Since this is my first post, here’s some answers to the usual questions:

  • I am living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England.
  • I am in a flat with 12 other students from Santa Clara University. Yes, it’s a crowd, but thankfully, years of living with siblings has prepared me for the chaos of communal living. Although we all come from Santa Clara, many of us did not know each other well before and it has been nice making new friends.
  • I am not attending classes at a local university. We take classes through the institution running our abroad program — the International Foundation for Education. I am taking British Life & Cultures, Marketing 181, Finance 121, and Photojournalism: London Through the Lens. I don’t have classes on Monday which has been amazing; however, classes are three hours long and can go until 9 PM which is a bit unfortunate.
  • Classes go until the end of October and then we have midterm break. Upon returning, all classes except for British Life & Cultures cease to meet and I will begin my internship in London (though I am not yet sure where).

Here’s some pictures from my first few days exploring the city…

Big Ben | London, England
Inside Parliament | London, England
The London Eye
Boat Tour of the City
All the SCU students in the program
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