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  • Stress Dreams

    It’s that time of year again. Back to school. But for the first time in over 16 years, I’m not at school. Instead, I’m having stress dreams about school. I’m sitting for an exam. It’s American history. I write beautiful answers for the first three…

  • US vs. UK Academics

    What are the differences between US and UK academics you encountered while abroad? I’ve been asked this question by just about everyone I’ve come across at school, so I thought I’d touch upon it here. US vs. UK academics, as I’ve experienced them, are very…

  • Back to School

    I won’t pretend going back to school after being gone for over a year isn’t hard. Sure, my friends are great and I’m enjoying my classes and living situation so far, but it’s really bizarre being back. I’m not even sure where to even begin with…

  • Last Weeks in London

    My last weeks in London were unfortunately spent mostly in my room, studying for about 12-14 hours a day for some daunting exams. However, I did manage to have some fun when I took breaks from my hermit lifestyle! My dad flew in from Germany on a…

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    Culture Shock is Real

    When I was about to leave for London, I didn’t think I would be affected by culture shock. After all, they speak English, England is a Western democracy, and it couldn’t be that different than America, right? Boy, was I wrong. In fact, I experienced more…

  • Language Differences I Encountered in England

    “The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.” George Bernard Shaw (1942) “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.” Oscar Wilde (1887) During my time in London, I was very much fascinated by…

  • My French “I’ve Made It” Moment

    When I chose to spend a year in London instead of France, I was really worried about how that choice would affect my French. As a French major, it is, not surprisingly, incredibly important to actually be able to speak and write French, and that…

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    Returning Home FAQs

    Whenever I tell someone I recently returned from a year abroad, I usually get asked a series of the same questions about my time in London or about my travels. Here they are in case you’re tempted to ask me them ;) Was the food…

  • 8 Things I Won’t Miss About London

    While I will miss many things about London, there are a couple of things I won’t exactly miss. Living in a city in Europe is very different from living in an American suburb. Luckily, I’ve learnt I can adapt, but there are still some things…

  • 10 Things I’ll Miss About London

    Time to start getting nostalgic! A ton of clothes are on my bed. Most of the pictures are off my walls. My desk and drawers are [almost] clean. I’ve said goodbye to so many great friends I’ve made this year. It’s almost time to leave.…