Residential Life Abroad

A look at residential halls as a study-abroad living situation other than home-stays. Before going abroad, I had heard nothing but oodles of praise for living with a family in a home-stay situation while studying abroad. I had heard how great it is for immersion and to get one-on-one support during your time abroad, and …

Chapter 4: The Simple Things

“Only boring people get bored.” – Sofi Byrum These are words that I have been trying to live by throughout this semester. Sometimes it is really easy to get stuck in the routine of the week, and only live for the weekends. A typical week for me looks like Monday- Thursday working at my social …

The Little Things

Sunny days are a rarity in London, especially now that the sun sets at around 5pm. So, with my morning class canceled and the sun shining bright and warm, I went to the park. My friend Keena and I decided to go on a morning adventure to Hampstead Heath and we went on a lonely …

Hey look Ma, I made it!

I had my moment (*queues Rebecca Black*). To be exact, that moment when you’re learning a new language and everything just seems to click. Two months in Mexico and a lightbulb just went off. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means fluent, I just feel confident and comfortable that I can communicate what …

Navigating through Homesickness

I did not expect the homesickness caused by not being surrounded by the people who ground you while studying abroad. I knew I would feel some sort of homesickness from being so far away from the familiar. However, I didn’t realize I was in this liminal space until I met up with a friend from …

A Change of Pace

Just like that, my classes are done! In the blink of an eye, ten weeks flew by and I am stepping into the next phase of my program: research! A unique part of all SIT programs is the transformation of the final month of studying abroad into an opportunity for students to participate in either …

A Trip to the Sea

This past weekend I traveled to the coast of England to the incredible city of Brighton. It is a college town, so the whole place is very young. I felt like I fit right in. Additionally, being on the seaside, it is a very touristy destination, especially in the summer. The colder weather meant there …

No Spoilers

One of the coolest parts of living in an entertainment hub like London is that there are many movie premieres and exhibitions surrounding new projects throughout the city. I have seen celebrities on the streets and at film festivals. I have waited in droves of people to potentially see stars at the Dune premier. And …

Student Life

Student life is very different here than I have experienced in the States. This also has to do with my newly legal age of 21. Most nights I will pop over to the Trinity room, a common room on our campus, to socialize with my friend group. We play pool and table tennis. Our Flat …

Midterm Reflection

As I sit in a local cafe, pretending not to be procrastinating on my midterm studies, I am reflecting on my London day-to-day lifestyle. I’m getting used to academic shifts like having class once a week instead of 2 or three times. That has been a hurdle I didn’t expect to jump. It is like …