What was the best thing you ate while studying abroad in London?
I’d have to say it was hands down, fish and chips at the Camden Lock Market and cream tea. I scouted the city and nearby English countryside for the best cream tea (tea with scones and this special English clotted cream on top). I crave it to this day!
What did you miss most about home when studying abroad?
I weirdly missed the mountains! While studying abroad, getting out of the city wasn’t very easy, and seeing the countryside was rare. When I got back to Idaho I told my family the first thing I wanted to do was go on a hike. Apparently, I missed the mountains more than anything!
What was the biggest challenge you faced while studying abroad?
Feeling like I was missing out on things from home. Now, looking back I can’t believe how crazy I was to have the fear of missing out (FOMO). Studying abroad in London is way more fun than being at home! After traveling the world for a year, I’ve realized that this is just a natural thought when you’re gone for a long period of time. Changing your thoughts and realizing you’re probably doing cooler stuff than people at home helps a lot!
What is your fondest memory from studying abroad?
So many things! First and foremost were the memories I made with my study abroad friends and roommates. We had so much fun during our nights out in Camden and exploring all of the parts of London. Plus, we got to see the Queen, which was a highlight.
My fashion class and my British theatre class were also so much fun. If I could give any advice it would be to enroll in classes that sound the most fun to you! My theatre class was outside of my major but was such a blast because we got to go to West End Theatre all the time.
How has your study abroad experience impacted your life?
Let’s just say it gave me the travel bug and I haven’t been able to shake it since. I quit my corporate marketing job, started my blog, The Traveling Spud, and have been traveling as much as possible ever since! So, I’d say it impacted my life more than I realized at the time.
Any last words of advice for people planning to study abroad?
DO IT. Don’t even think about backing out. I remember my experience like it was yesterday! It opened my eyes to new cultures, made me a more open and accepting person, and gave me confidence in myself. Nowadays all my friends that didn’t study abroad majorly regret it. So, my advice to you is don’t live with regrets…just do it!