September 13, 2016

Why You Should Study Abroad #YoungLondoner

I have only been living in London for two weeks and I wish I could truly document the experience. Words, photos and videos only do it so much justice. There is something so incredibly eye opening about emerging yourself into a different culture. Living and interacting with the people and this city has been like taking the biggest breath of fresh air I have ever had in my twenty years of life.

So as if that wasn't convincing enough, I am going to break down my experience thus far into 4 different categories: School, Food, Culture and Nightlife.

School
My parents would be mad if I didn't start with this lol. I'm taking 5 classes this term: Reporting and Investigative Journalism, Fashion and Media, Video Production, and two graphic design courses; one image based and the other text. The main difference I have noticed is that the expectations here are much higher. Of course I can only speak from my personal experience but these professors (tutors, as the Brits would say) are playing no games. Due to the nature of my courses, I do not have any formal exams but am expected to complete assignments and A's are only awarded to work that goes above and beyond. Simply completing the work will earn you a B-. Sounds difficult but I'm really looking forward to the work I will be producing. I've been forced to get creative so stay tuned for some greatness.

Food
If someone has ever told you that British food sucks, keep them around because they love you. Of course if you enjoy bland food, by all means go for it. But stay away from the black pudding. Like really, stay away.

As I'm sure you've heard, the Indian restaurants are where it's at. My new friends (pictures coming soon) and I ventured out to Brick Lane last weekend for a street art walking tour and ended up at the shops and curry houses. We were not disappointed. Every Italian place I have been to has also been mouthwateringly fresh. Cream churned right before it got to the table fresh. I have yet to hit a tea room (if you know me, you know how surprising that is) but expect more in this section very soon!

Culture/ Lifestyle
My UK girls, Morgan and Ciarra!
There is so much I could put into this section but I won't give it all away because you should experience it for yourself (:

First and foremost, the Brits don't like us. They love our accents and music and that's about it. Secondly, the Brits are so nice! I have accidentally walked into so many people and each and every time they turn around and apologize to me. As if it was their shoulder in my way. Thirdly, the Brits drive on the other side of the road and it's weird. I think I have almost gotten hit by a car 12 times now due to the fact that I keep looking the wrong way before I cross the street. Fourthly, the museums, exhibitions, street art, fashion, cultural landmarks and city itself is so remarkable. There is something for everyone. Finally, the Brits believe in student discount!! From the supply store to Urban Outfitters, I have been able to get discounts on almost everything and who doesn't love a discount!

Street Art in East London
Nightlife
Save the best for last, right? Believe me when I say that these people know how to have a good time. Like a really good time. My first weekend here I went to a club called Visions in East London and this past weekend, I hit Tonteria in West London. I don't think I have ever had as much fun as I did in any club in the states. The only downside to clubbing out here is that you usually have to be on the guest list to get in or you could end up in line forever and/or not getting in at all. But when you do get in, it's totally worth it. Oh, and the drinking age is 18 in case you forgot.

Side note: Public transportation is the way to go. There is a travel card called the Oyster Card and once you load it up, you can access the tube and the bus which both run really late into the night making it the perfect way to get home after a night of partying!  

New friends I met in line (:
Studying abroad provides you with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am currently living in one of the world's most amazing cities with no care in the world (classes always come first though). Paris this weekend and Fashion Week next! If you want to know anything about London or share your study abroad experience, please comment!

Stay Profashional, my loves! So much more to come! xoxo
Clarice
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