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Only a Month Left?!

by Dominique Smiley

Wow.

It’s hard to comprehend that my time in London is coming to an end, and quite quickly. It seems like only yesterday I stepped off that British Airways plane and made my way to campus, with so many thoughts in my head of how this trip could go either extremely right or extremely wrong.

I can gladly say that my experience has been wholly positive, and the few minor bumps in the road were just that- minor.

With midterms out of the way (I aced every single one!) and final projects and essays being the main focus, I can’t help but wonder if I have accomplished all that I wanted to accomplish here.

Coursework is the main factor, and I am quite confident that this semester will be one of my best semesters in college, grade-wise and even socially. Although I do wish that I had more contact with British people my age. I know that is just my luck because there are British students attending Richmond, but I wish I was able to say that I had more than just one Londoner/British classmate in all my classes.

Aside from that, I’ve traveled to Paris and Belfast, and plan on venturing out to Wales at the end of the month, in addition to other places in England. I’ve seen most, if not all, of the historical sites in London; I’ve gone to museums, attended four plays, and have eaten at as many establishments as possible.

There is still a lot to do in London in a month and a couple days, but I take on the challenge to become fully immersed in the British culture so that when I leave, I can do so with a smile on my face and have no regrets.

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