I’ve been dreaming of studying abroad since I started researching colleges in high school. Attending a university that had a good study abroad program was very important to me in deciding where to go. I was even more thrilled to learn that Temple University, my home institution, had a program in London! This was appealing to me as my first impressions of London were that it has a rich history and a great theatre presence. As a theatre major this really stood out to me!
About three weeks ago, along with a packed suitcase and my newly acquired passport in hand, I boarded a flight to London. Upon arriving, I was beyond thrilled to actually be here! They say studying abroad changes you, and I’ve already begun to understand how true that is.
I have had a pretty easy time adjusting to life here. In our British Life & Culture class, we discussed culture shock and the different phases one goes through. Based on that, I believe I’m currently still in the “honeymoon” phase. This is because I’m still falling in love with the city and finding the good in everything here. Also, even as I walk to class, I still find myself looking up and around at all of the things around me. I continue to take in the sights and sounds of London because I still feel like there is so much to explore.
So far, my favorite thing about London has been the FOOD! For example, today I got the best brunch with some friends!I’m such a foodie, so I’ve been so excited getting to try all the food here! There are so many cute cafes to check out and food markets that I see when walking around the city. I’m shocked about how much of a variety of food types there are here. My home town has one diner, one Applebee’s, and about a million pizza shops, so this is a major upgrade for me! I still haven’t had the iconic fish & chips dish yet, but I’m planning to get that asap from the pub right near our apartments! Overall, I’d give London a 10/10 so far!
Taylor is a Sophomore majoring in Theatre Education from Temple University. She is studying in London with an AIFS Customized Faculty Led program this Spring. Taylor is excited to experience the hustle and bustle of London and can’t wait to travel Europe!