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  • 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…

  • 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 culture shock…

  • 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…