Software Studio course meets SGA

As a senior, I understand the value of expanding my skill set into as many areas as possible. Currently, I am taking Software Studio, where I am in the process of learning Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. For an assignment, I created a graphic for a competition SGA is hosting for students to name the WKU pub coming to campus in January 2016. This graphic is in Illustrator. dubthepub-page-001

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On Being Home Again


Since I have come home from studying abroad in London, I have had to adjust in more ways than I originally had expected!

I believe my study abroad experience has made me more confident and knowledgeable. Everyone keeps asking, “How was London?” Well, how can I sum up six weeks of an intense workload, schoolwork and travel schedule into a simple phrase? Often, I simply say “amazing, but it is so good to be back home.” Truth is, there were many more things I missed about being home than I realized. But the next truth is, not everyone would ever have the guts, interest or opportunity to do what I just did.

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This program is not made for every type of student. I have spoken with many of my friends about their study abroad experiences full of easy classes, traveling every weekend and having a concrete schedule. CAPA is not a program that holds your hand to make you experience London as a global city. If you want, you could simply go to class, go to your internship and sit in the flat for the rest of the time. It is up to you how much you get out of this program. I decided to take the most difficult class in the program because it applies to my minor. It was difficult losing sleep due to schoolwork instead of going out for the night. CAPA does not promise to be an easy program to tackle. There were times when I was extremely frustrated with the amount of work I was doing.

There were also times when I was overwhelmed at being in a city of over 11 million people on my own. If I made a mistake, I had to fix it. If I was lost, I had to figure it out. I had to keep up with all of my belongings in an area known for pick pocketing. I couldn’t weigh myself down with those kinds of negative thoughts. Despite any “bad” experience I had in London, I was still having an experience.

If I wanted a study abroad trip similar to everyone around me, I would have felt completely unoriginal. CAPA understands that every student is different in their interests and ability to cope with the challenges. I think they saw that ability in me when they gave me two internships.

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I left home way too prepared for my six week study and internship abroad, but less prepared for starting school a day later. I am very fortunate to be in my final year of college because I am less worried about things younger students would fret over. I am the Public Relations Director for my university’s Student Government Association, as well as the fall intern for the Bowling Green Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and I completely put myself out of the loop to submerge myself into my internships in London. Regardless of whether I should have been preparing more for these positions after I got back, I think I allowed myself to do London as best as possible.

I did not print my syllabi yet, nor did I order my books in advance for my three classes. And frankly, I was too jet lagged to care! I allowed myself a couple days to act in a delirious manner, but now it has come time to crack down on important things!

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My final year has started with many warm welcomes, and hopefully picking up right where we all left off. I have had a surreal feeling the entire time I have been back. I am not living out of everything I can fit into a suitcase, I am not leaving go to a new place any time soon, and my friends can visit me much, much easier. I walk around my beautiful college campus in amazement of how different it is from the last place I lived. I know many of the people I pass and I also pass a whole lot less people. I think I took fresh air and wide open spaces for granted before my trip.

Realizing the differences between countries with such similar characteristics has made me constantly aware of the things happening around me. Each area of the world brings something to the table in terms of experience and learning. The ability for me to observe and comprehend such subjects makes me aware of how much I learned in during my trip to London.

Blog post #9: http://capaworld.capa.org/on-being-home-again

Wrapping up Study Abroad Life in London

It’s surreal to think I’ll be back in Kentucky in three days. The summer is already over and everything I’ve been working toward is coming to an end.

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I have made my mark on Brixton Village; things are starting to progress with a bit of organization and support from other progress traders in the market. I only wish I could stay on the team to help things even further. I can confidently say that I have played an important role in getting this project off the ground and motivating others to bring this place to life.

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I am finishing my internship work and preparing things in order to hand over to my supervisors. I am confident that Brixton Village has now found a more full time successor for me, someone who has more time and experience in this culture and history. I hope these people remember me when I leave. Remarkably, and unfortunately, I am the most comfortable and confident I have ever been with my communication skills. I truly believe this market is on the upward path to becoming a community. I have become invested in this project more than I could have ever imagined at the beginning. Stay tuned for the advancement and further development of WeAreBrixtonVillage.London because I know it’s going to be fantastic!

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It’s time to compete my final international marketing requirements and see the last of London. I am happy to leave London to get back to home, my university and everything I have ever known. I can’t imagine how it will feel walking on campus thinking:

“Where are all of the bloody people?!”

“How am I going to drive that thing we all call a car?”

“Wow, most everyone talks with the same accent as me!”

“Where’d all this grass come from?”

“Why aren’t there more bars and pubs around me and why aren’t people drinking at all times?”

“You mean it’s not acceptable to be late in America?”

“MY PHONE WORKS EVERYWHERE”

Lastly, let’s just say I’ll be spending a whole lot less time underground in Kentucky.

Though these are some light headed differences, I don’t think I’ll actually have to adjust to much coming back. Because of the nature of my internships, I never fully got into a weekly routine, which made things very exciting and move at an exceptionally fast pace.

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It’s crazy how close I have gotten to some of the other CAPA students in such a short amount of time! Adapting to London in general is probably the easiest out of any location abroad. I am very grateful that and the opportunity to do so much with my time. It’s going to be so interesting to walk around WKU versus London because a lot more people know me. Being realistic, I am a bigger fish in a small pond at college. In London, I am one person out of probably 15 million, including all of the visitors. That might take some getting used to!

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Toodles! Next time I post I will be back in America in my first week of school! No time for jet lag!

Blog post #8: http://capaworld.capa.org/wrapping-up-study-abroad-life-in-london

Crunch Time: Study Abroad Comes to a Close

It’s crunch time:

I feel lucky that this blog has given me the motivation and inclination to reflect on my trip each week. Now that we have less than a week and a half left of this program, we all have very mixed emotions. We can’t believe that six weeks has gone by so fast; we don’t want it to end; we are ready to get home; were tired of the tube, we can’t to get away from the pollution; there are too many people; our classes are expecting way too much out of us; there’s hardly enough time to see the rest of London.

Myself, I have revised a practical list of things I absolutely have to do with my time. Yes, schoolwork is included. Right now in “Learning Through Internships” class, we are reflecting on our internship sites and how we are functioning in the workplace. Mine has given me an idea of how much I have actually done, and how much I have hopefully made a difference. Though my internships are quite different than my peers, I have gotten a large amount freedom and the ability to contribute and implement my ideas. As an intern, that is huge. In both internships, I feel like a team member.

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As for “International Marketing” class, we have been so grateful to have such a renowned and qualified teacher, but it seems as though we are frustrated when we hear about other classes going on field trips every week. It’s easier said than done, but International Marketing is everywhere, and I would love to know what type of marketing teams museums and other attractions in London in hire to make them so highly functional. That’s just one example. But of course we are going to complain about any schoolwork we encounter because we are young and want nothing stopping us from having fun!

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I think I am ready to get back to Kentucky. Public transportation can be less stressful, but it has hindered me from seeing so much of the city. Many of us have gone in and out of sickness due to the massive amount of pollution in London, which is very dangerous for even a short amount of time. People have also gotten sick because of the sheer ridiculous amount of people. I feel myself washing my hands and touching less things, especially on the tube. I can keep my car as clean as I wish. Those are collective complaints, not like I’m having a terrible time at all! 🙂

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I am glad I brought so many dressy clothes, but also tired of not having clothes that suit my daily life. I found that I only wore blazers once, and I looked really out of place. Also, many people have described the informality of their workplace, not just mine. Perhaps somehow a more detailed dress code could go into our pre-departure packet. Only having nice clothes keeps me from looking like a slob at least!

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I hardly feel like a tourist because I am constantly with and work with people from different countries. It almost feels strange when I do tourist activities because no one knows how long I have been here. I am very well aware of the struggles of being a Londoner from experiencing it myself, to observing and listening to other people’s debates and conversations. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and locals are sick of it. Many of those who have grown up here want to move away because so many of them are fed up with the government. Sound familiar? The man in change is never really the most popular or favorable person in any location.

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Now that I’ve written out every little sporadic thought about my week, I’ll give two bits of advice I learned a few times:

1.) Even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy something, give it a fair chance.

2.) Even if you have to go places by yourself, you’ll miss out on a lot less that way!

Blog post #7: http://capaworld.capa.org/crunch-time-study-abroad-comes-to-a-close

A Weekend in Paris

This past week I spent preparing to spend the weekend in Paris! I was excited to experience a bit of nostalgia since I took French for eight years in school, and I am also working for a French company, Champagne and Fromage. Both gave me initial insight into what to expect during my visit.

The weekend was fantastic. Even the weather was beautiful! For that reason, my best friend and I spent most of the weekend outside. Let’s face it, the temperature wasn’t going to be any cooler inside anyway.

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We spent a lot of time eating because we are huge foodies, and mostly because the French do not rush for anything, especially when dining. We ate many crepes and had time to fit in a fondu dinner. It was a very refreshing experience to dine with the French.

This past weekend made some huge differences between France and London obvious to me. As I just mentioned, dining is refreshing. Why? There are hardly any wifi areas in Paris. We had to stare at each other and make conversation. My trip was the first time I actually had to deal with a language barrier. Though I can speak some French, it’s so different whan talking to a true native. Some complain about the French being rude or too proud of their country. I have gained the perspective that it is the love of their people and celebrating each other that is their main purpose.

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Fun fact: even though the city is pretty expensive, lots of places have student prices, so make sure you check! We even got a discount on our two day water bus ticket! That was a fabulous and refreshing way to see the city!

At the end of the weekend, Libby and I were ready to get back to London. Being in Paris made me understand how living in London is not that much of a culture shock at all. Compared to home, there’s just a lot of different accents, a massive system of public transportation, less ice, no air conditioning and non-preserved food. I actually felt weird leaving Paris because I had to keep reminding myself I wasn’t traveling back home, home.

Starting a new week, all of us were really busy trying to catch up from the weekend. Midterm papers were leaving everyone grumpy, sleepy and stressed. Turns out, it’s a lot harder to focus on school work when you’re busy interning, meeting new people, bonding with others and exploring.

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I have started to get more work at my internship site too. I have a very special situation where I am basically doing two internships. The first is working to earn publicity for Brixton Village and its very first website. Daily, I communicate with traders in the village and I really feel I have started to form relationships with the people around me. The second internship is working as a marketing intern for Champagne and Fromage. I get very nervous that I don’t spend enough time on either role. But they do work hand-in-hand because publicity benefits both sides.

One thing I do get annoyed with is the fact that I shouldn’t have brought over so many dress clothes. I do not work in an area or for a job that has any opinion of how I dress.

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I think I’m getting used to this city, and I am so glad I came here. I believe I am going to be very ready to return home when the time comes, but for the most part everything has been so easy and natural here. London is not a stressful type of place unless you’re thinking about the driving situation. There is little crime especially because most weapons are illegal, time is not a big deal to them, and everyone is really accepting around me.

I feel very independent doing so much by myself. I don’t feel very far away from home because I can talk to people all the time because of modern technology, everyone speaks English, and I stay pretty busy!

Other than jet lag, I don’t think I’ll have much trouble going back to American life. I’ll just have more people to visit, a lot to catch up on, and a wonderful group of friends and family to see!!

Blog post #6: http://capaworld.capa.org/a-weekend-in-paris

Understanding Cultural Differences Between the US and UK

I’ve started to become extremely aware of the little that people know about life in the United States. It is common for me, and many others, to assume people of different nationalities know everything about us. It may come as a surprise, but we are actually not the center of attention in this world.

Hardly ever do I pick out an American accent in London. I get asked the origin of my accent daily; it never gets old for people to tell me they love my accent. In groups, people say they hear mine first.

Most people have heard of Kentucky, but many of them quickly mention KFC. I typically chuckle. To some people’s surprise, I actually do like KFC. But then I try to give them some quick facts about Kentucky, like how much bigger London is than Kentucky as a city versus a state. I tell them that we do not have public transportation except for a few buses, and they’re certainly not red double deckers at every quarter of a mile.

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I educate them on something the Brits all understand: alcohol. I point out the Kentucky bourbon behind the counter and surprise them at the fact there are more bourbon barrels than people, that it’s only called bourbon if it’s from Kentucky, and that the industry is our biggest tourism attraction to Kentucky. They would less understand the attraction to horse racing in Kentucky. I’ve even had many say they want to tour and visit!

While Kentucky and the United States have some silly traditions, the UK has some to top it. Anyone heard of the cheese rolling competition in Gloucestershire? There are a lot of traditions to learn of in the United Kingdom. It’s harder to learn them because of the diverse cultures here.

In our International Marketing class, we are studying the differences in companies and culture between the US and the UK. Companies and businesses are run with very different strategies and models. We also learn aboutthe shortcomings of international businesses and how the surrounding culture does or does not define the business.

I am also experiencing that through my internship at Brixton Village. The village is made up of market traders of over 50 different nationalities. How do they change their cultures and beliefs to perform well in a different country? The beauty, and the challenge is, they don’t.

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Working to launch the WeAreBrixtonVillage.london website has brought challenges because all of the cultures are so diverse. You can see the diversity by just looking at their shops. When I try to sell them on the idea of the website, I find that some of them are completely supportive, some you have to keep pressing, and some will never understand the value of having their information on a website. All of the traders have a unique story, and me, a stranger, is asking for it. The most difficult part to overcome is telling them it will cost some money.

Lastly, a huge factor of a market setting is selling a community. What will it take for everyone to firmly and readily call themselves a community? Hopefully I get to find out soon.

In my internship, I am working hands-on as well as behind a computer. I am meeting diverse people and forming relationships with those around me. Since this is only half of my internship, I get a full opportunity to expand my work, meet great people, and learn.

Bye bye for now!!

Blog post #5: http://capaworld.capa.org/understanding-cultural-differences-between-the-us-and-uk

Bringing My Home Abroad: A Family Visit

I definitely feel like I am part of the real world in the UK. Flexibility and patience are characteristics I have always struggled with and living in London has been a test to both. Whether interning or traveling, I’ve found it is not worth any fret if I have to wait a little longer or do unexpected things to fill my time.

LIFE THESE DAYS…

So far, my internship has not had much structure in terms of when I work, how long I work, and my daily tasks. Every day is different here in London. I have learned that sometimes planning might be a waste of time. If I have the opportunity to simply sit and enjoy the people around me, I will take it.

Like interning, adjusting to class in London has been different too. Learning from the renowned and enthusiastic teachers CAPA has supplied us with is more beneficial.

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We CAPA students have also had a blast exploring the areas of nightlife in London. In this case, we have learned that it is best to plan ahead. This includes dodging cover charges and rides home. Clubs can be very expensive here, which makes me aware of how expensive London truly is. We have had a blast bonding at local pubs and going out to clubs. My motto so far has been, spend money on experiences, not things!

STONEHENGE AND BATH.

After going to Hammersmith on Friday night, we woke up Saturday to travel to Stonehenge and Bath for the day. Stonehenge has an atmosphere difficult to replicate. You may already know the varying stories about Stonehenge, but experiencing it is different. Getting out of the big city and into the magnificent British countryside is refreshing. I thought the most interesting fact about the area is that military training sites are close to Stonehenge.

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A trip to Bath was the last stop of the day, but certainly not least. The only vision I had of Bath was the actual Roman Baths, but I was wonderfully proved wrong! The golden “bath-stone” buildings span the hills, reminding me of a fairytale. The history of Bath is amazingly preserved and prevalent as far as the eye can see!

A FAMILY VISIT.

Heading into the week, I get one of the coolest presents of all: my family is here to visit! The first day they were here, I toured them around my flat, took them for breakfast at Westfield Mall, and decided to go to Camden. This trip marked many items off my list! Starting at the Camden Market, we sniffed our way through the massive crowd and took a walk down the canal. Little did we know we were walking through Little Venice! It actually reminded me more of Amsterdam. After, we walked through the lively Regents Park where we saw many field games being played and families enjoying the beautiful weather. We walked all the way to Hyde Park and then retreated.

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We brought the suitcases to their flat and headed out for another walk along the Thames. Floods of people were out that evening to catch a glimpse of London’s most recognizable icons. Funny enough, my brother and I recreated a picture we had taken in front of Westminster Abbey from exactly five years ago.

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A part of adjusting to the lifestyle in Europe means accepting that exceptional service quality is not often found. We redeemed ourselves after a bad experience the next night with dinner in Covent Garden at Henrys Cafe and gelato for desert! We also sat back and watched street performers that mindlessly captivated the crowd.

EXPLORING LONDON.

Some days while traveling, I have taken it upon myself to go see places alone. I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum after class. Midway through I took a break in the courtyards. I found my favorite place for a quiet sit! When I finished my self-given tour, I walked around to Harrods. I knew that sector of society existed, but I had never felt such a part of it. Wearing what, in my mind, was a casual dressy outfit, I felt terribly underdressed. If you want to blend in with the crowd, go on the weekend. If you go on a weekday, you will feel eyes on you at all times. Either way, it is worth experiencing.

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The most recent item I crossed of my list is St. Paul’s Cathedral. My parents booked their ticket and I was able to tag along for the morning! I have seen many churches during my travels, but it takes a top spot. The 6 million mosaics, hundreds of historical members of the church and elegant marble appear at every turn. We climbed the increasingly narrow stairs to the Whisper Chambers. With increasing confidence, we climbed even more narrow stairs to the outer ledge of the dome for an amazing view of London. After seeing the stairs leading to the tippy top of the dome, we decided our legs and our stomachs might not make it!

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I have begun to understand the reality of being a working tourist in London. While my parents spend all day touring, I must sit a few things out because of class or my internship. I am quickly reminded that I am here for much, much longer. Hopefully I continue to discover and learn as much as possible about my temporary home!

(Blog post #4: http://capaworld.capa.org/bringing-my-home-abroad-a-family-visit)

Study Abroad in London: Housing, Travel & Lifestyle

Almost a week here in London, and its possible I am starting to get used to the living arrangements, travel and the lifestyle. Or maybe I’m just starting to become more open to possibilities.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: Living in the Goldhawk Road flat, we have found that every area where CAPA London students stay has its advantages and disadvantages. Already, I have traveled to Camden twice to experience the nightlife and bond with other CAPA students. I think they have adopted me as if I was from the northern area!

We have had to shift our lifestyle from the States while living in the flat. Most of us are very used to our comfortable, full to queen sized beds, our excessive use of pillows and towels, and especially our need for air conditioning. We quickly remind ourselves that spending copious amounts of time in our flat is far from the point of coming to London for six weeks.

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Photo: Bus heading over Tower Bridge

TRAVEL AROUND LONDON: In order to appreciate the Tube, you might want to navigate London without it. Experiencing the 24-hour tube strike might have proved its usefulness, but it I believe Friday night coming back from Camden is what did it for me. The first time going to Camden, we took an Uber—super easy. The next night, about 15 of us hopped on the Tube to go a place called Koko. After spending hours ridiculously dancing, we decided our voices were gone, our feet were going to fall off, and we needed to sleep. After an hour on the night bus to be dropped off at the nearest stop, we still had about a 30-minute walk to our flat on Goldhawk. At nearly 5am, we saw the light break from the sky to start the day.

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Photo: Sawyer at the Natural History Museum

The Tube can be extremely intimidating, but sometimes it takes getting lost, taking a wrong train, or mis-reading the map a few times to get your bearings. Saturday, after waking up and stumbling around until 2pm, some of my flatmates and I decided we would go to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. We took the tube, spent a few hours marveling in the sheer beauty and appreciating the extensive work, and then decided to return home.

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Photo: Natural History Museum

On the way back, we rushed onto a Tube only to get separated. To make the most of the situation, I decided I would travel to Brixton to practice getting to my internship interview location. After not getting off at Kings Cross, I thought I should ride the Tube all the way to Victoria, and then take the Victoria line until the end at Brixton. It took 45 minutes longer than the trip should have.

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Photo: Natural History Museum

Once getting to Brixton, I explored the area a little to prepare for my internship. To no surprise, the ride home went much smoother! Public transportation is a fun thing, not a frustrating thing. It’s not like I would want to drive a car here anyway!

LIFESTYLE: In conjunction with the difference in living arrangements and travel, the lifestyle changes here in London have the same theme: diverse and unpredictable. White British people are the minority in London, which means I’m able to encounter people of any culture, color, language or place. During my six weeks, I will constantly travel between three locations: I live in Shepherd’s Bush on Goldhawk Road, an aggregate of many nationalities; I take classes in South Kensington, a wealthy district near notable tourist areas; and Brixton, an area that has experienced a shift from lower to middle class living.

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Photo: Lunch at Brixton Market’s Senzala

Brixton is my internship location. My interview day was spent learning about the many different projects in Brixton Village Market. An independent trader who owns a shop in Brixton Village Market has taken it upon herself to spearhead a re-branding for the constantly transforming and culturally colorful market. After competition increased and hip traders moved in, she decided to take Brixton Market further than just a presence on social media. She has worked to create the design of a website, and it is our job to get the traders to agree to be a part of it. Another job is to assure the market management is on board and will allow Brixton Village to be proactive, sustainable and cost effective. Ultimately, it is a plan to drive more traffic to Brixton Village and show the public the people behind the Village Market.

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Photo: Fruits and veggies from a market vendor in Brixton

The lifestyle difference I have and will encounter at Brixton Village Market is denser than I could have ever imagined. Selling everything from craft food to convenience food to raw meat, you will find traders from places like Nigeria, Jamaica, France and India. Not only will I experience their dishes for myself, but also I will be working with them to hopefully make the Brixton Village Market one of the top competitors in the London market scene!

I have my work cut out for me and I can’t wait for what has yet to come!

(Blog post #3: http://capaworld.capa.org/study-abroad-in-london-housing-travel-lifestyle)

Arriving in London: First Impressions and a Tube Strike

I left home excited and optimistic of my travels to London. I have never travelled by myself, let alone from the busy Atlanta airport. I started to become stressed when I had not gotten off of my first plane at 7pm and my flight to London was supposed to start boarding at 7:25. Landing on the other side of the airport, I walked quickly until I found the train, picked up a to-go bite to eat, and thankfully got to my gate on time!

After the rush ended, I was able to board my plane and we surprisingly left on time! Getting off the plane, everything was smooth sailing—from baggage claim to customs, and from finding my pre-arranged taxi driver, to getting to my CAPA flat. I walked in to find the most helpful roommates and a surprisingly modern apartment. Half of the CAPA program members are staying here on Goldhawk Road, which means we have non-stop opportunities to get to know each other.

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Immediately after walking into my flat, we went on a walking tour of the area. Not only is this week the largest Tube strike in a decade, but also we walked past people evacuated from the Westfields shopping mall because of a security alert.

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While walking around and getting to know each other, we recognized the diversity of the store fronts. Shepard’s Bush has many textile shops, foreign foods and a market to call its own. After the walking tour we went to eat at a local place called Sindercombe Social. We were pleasantly surprised at the familiarity of it, American bar food—except it was higher quality and more expensive.

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Fighting horrible jet lag, my roommates and I went over to a mall area with many convenience stores to buy household items for our flat. Our favorite: the pound store. We went out for drinks and food at the popular Brew Dog. Along with some of the girls from Goldhawk Road, I went out and met some nice locals. One thing I recognized right away is that I am one of the only southerners here! Most of the program members around me are from Pennsylvania and Minnesota. I hope I can spread the popularity of this program down south!

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The first official day just so happened to be the day of the tube strike. Transportation above ground was an absolute nightmare and we were stuck in the middle of it during our London tour. Seeing the city made us very excited to do our own traveling! Our bus tour during the Tube strike made me recognize the massive amount of people in one city! It also made me realize the diversity where my flat is located in Shepherd’s Bush. The best word to describe our location is eclectic, instead of what typically comes to mind when we think of London, the center of the city.

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The first few days have been very surreal, especially because nothing has really started yet. It feels like I have to do everything and see everything right away, but I quickly remind myself that I will be here for six weeks. It has been a tiring few days, but it will be rewarding to know that I am meeting so many new people and that I am acclimating myself into one of the worlds most diverse cities!

(Blog post #2 : http://capaworld.capa.org/arriving-in-london-first-impressions-and-a-tube-strike)

Preparing to Study Abroad in London

I will catch everyone up on my London adventures by sharing all the blog posts I wrote for the CAPA Global Education Blog!

Link: http://info.capa.org/official-capa-blogger-summer-2015-sawyer-coffey-%E2%80%93-london

Wandering around my university’s study abroad fair, I sensed study abroad was perfect for some people, maybe not me. The locations the programs offered sounded magnificent; however, the fields of study did not seem relevant to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

A few weeks later, I started to receive calls from study abroad programs I spoke with at the fair. I figured I had already traveled with family, so this wouldn’t give me any extra benefit. I started to consider the obstacles to spending my summer abroad:

  • Overwhelming cost
  • Missing out on an internship opportunity at home
  • Being finished with my general education requirements
  • Being away from my family and friends

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My uncertainties started to drift away when CAPA started to contact me. Just from a few phone and email conversations, I felt as though I already had a place in this program. I felt like a friend, and like I was being taken care of.

Not only could this program accommodate my major in the classroom, but in the real world. I knew I wanted an experience that would further my abilities and an internship to expand my opportunities for a career. I also would never exclude wanting to have an invigorating six weeks of exploring!

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Before I knew it, I was hooked. I obsessively started to fill out my application to study and intern for six weeks in London. The amount of preparation it has taken to go on this trip will all be worth it to assure I will have the best experience. I spent countless hours attempting to perfect every bit of my application and professional profile. To be matched with the best possible internship and most beneficial course in London would make everything worth it!

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Up until two weeks before the start of my program, the three most important variables remain: my living arrangements, class, and internship. I understood when these variables would be solved, but my anxiousness and enthusiasm only grew even stronger. Once receiving all of my program information, I could not have dreamed of a better internship match, and I am thrilled to be taking the International Marketing course through CAPA!

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Some of my biggest worries include:

  • Cramming what seems like my life into a suitcase
  • Getting lost
  • Being late, to ANYTHING
  • My internship interview

So now the time has arrived! After over six months of anxious preparation, my trip to study and intern in London has begun!

(Blog post 1)