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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Rachel in London

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Rachel Tenuta’17, an English Literature major and a Publishing minor student currently studying abroad in London.

To the students about to embark on a journey of a lifetime:

As I write this letter I’m sitting in my flat looking out onto the streets of the slightly damp London, feeling blessed that I’ve been able to call this place my home. Families are out walking to their favorite breakfast places, and dogs are out on walks with their owners. I sit here with my three flat mates, who have quickly become some of closest friends. My plans for the day include a trip to the market, adventuring to a new museum and spending the rest of my afternoon at Regent’s Park. While being abroad I’ve learned a great deal about myself, and what it means to adapt to a completely new area. In traveling to Oxford, Scotland, and Paris I’ve learned how to travel with patience, and to be prepared for any unexpected outcome that comes with a day of traveling. I’ve learned how to spend a day alone in a foreign city and feel completely at ease. Reaching out and talking to the locals serves for some of the best conversations, and allows for lots of great recommendations. While being in London I’ve experienced a different form of a classroom, which is one that requires walking over 25,000 steps each day. As I’m wrapping up my time in London, I’m realizing how quick seven weeks can go by, and how much culture I’ve soaked in along the way. I’m eager to start the second portion of my journey in Italy, where I’ll be exposed to a rich culture and a beautiful language. My advice to you, let your days take their course, because sometimes the unplanned adventures allow for the best stories. Document your explorations, but be sure to put your phone away and actually absorb the culture you’re a part of. Enjoy your time, because it really will fly by.