Taylor Herbert '14
|The famous Tower Bridge, right next to the Tower of London!|
I am majoring in Psychology.
Why did you decide to study abroad?
Before I went abroad, I had never traveled out of the country. I really wanted to be more well-traveled than I was, and studying abroad gave me the perfect opportunity to not only travel out of the country, but completely immerse myself in another culture.
Why did you choose London, United Kingdom?
I have always wanted to go to the UK, ever since I first started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in the fourth grade. I chose London because I really love the culture of England, and London in particular, and was really interested in doing a General Culture program instead of a Language-Intensive program. Also, London was supposed to (and does!) have incredible food, despite its reputation!
What was your living situation like?
|The entire London
group in front of Buckingham Palace|
right at the start of the program!
Highlights/challenges of the program.
When I left the States, I expected to be more homesick than I actually was – one of the greatest things that the program did was give us a nice orientation to London and the area in Kensington and Chelsea where we lived, which made it feel a little bit more like home. One of the biggest challenges for me was having the courage to go out into the big city by myself and explore. At first, I would go with friends to the local pub, or to a museum, but there was a point when I realized that in order to really experience everything I wanted to, I would have to venture out on my lonesome. Over time, it got easier to travel around by myself and I soon got more comfortable on the Tube and buses. By the end of the semester, I was able to go to Italy and Greece by myself!
|Big Ben, taken from Parliament Square.|
Advice you wish you had been given before going on your program.
How British classes operate. Even though the classes we had were just LC kids, the professors still taught in the same style that they teach their British university classes, and there are some major differences. Mainly, all of the work tends to come at the end of the semester, which can be overwhelming when you have two papers to write, three books to read, a film reflection to finish, and a city to explore!
For Spring Break, some friends and I went to Ireland, where we experienced
the absolutely fantastic Cliffs of Moher.
Going to London was absolutely amazing and the best experience of my life, and anyone that is interested in going to London definitely should! It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience in what I think is the greatest place in the world!
Places to go: Soho, St. Paul's Cathedral, Borough Market, Brighton, and Bath, just to name a few!
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