As my time in London comes to an end, I truly cannot believe the time has passed so quickly. I can without a doubt say that this was the best year of my life; I made new friends, learned about a new city, and grew as a person. When I first moved here, my less-than-amazing housing arrangments really dampened my mood. This, mixed with the dreary winter weather, caused me to be a bit down for a while. I thankfully realized that I was simply being immature and feeling bad for myself, and that a change in attitude would make my experience much happier. Ever since, I've loved studying here, and I will remember the London experience for the rest of my life.
Making the Last Few Days Count
Posting on the Travel Studies website has been useful since it has allowed me to reflect on my experiences along the way. I wonder how many little interactions I completely forget about because I never write them down or revisit them in my mind...When I go to Shanghai next semester, I am going to keep a journal of funny moments, the people I meet, and pretty much every other random factoid about my life that given day.
NYU has done a great job with study abroad programs. In fact, I think it is safe to say that we have the most established program compared to any university, with a multitude of satellite campuses throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America. If I could change anything at NYU London, I would add more classes and make sure that all the teachers were the same caliber as their New York counterparts. After all, we do pay the same tuition whether in New York or abroad. Most of my teachers were great, but some of them weren't completely proficient when it came to teaching American students.
Enough with the negativity though! After this year, my alcohol tolerance has gone up from countless pub crawls, my British accent is as good as Daniel Radcliffe's, and I know more about British politics than David Cameron. My first two years of college have been equally divided between living in the center of the two greatest cities in the world: New York and London. I will soon go back home to Salt Lake City, Utah and brag to my friends about how cultured I have become, and that I am no longer a college boy; I am a sophisticated, refined gentleman!
I have enjoyed reading everyone's posts, and it seems as if most people have had just as much fun as I have. While we are all studying in different sites that are thousands of miles away from eachother, this website has allowed us to interact and form a community of sorts.
I am starting to tear up all over my keyboard, so I have to wrap this up. For everyone that is done with exams, have a safe trip home. For those of you that are still in school, make the most out of your last few days and enjoy the little things!
The picture on this post is of me (on the left) with my best friends here in London!