English, Creative Writing
Reading, writing, traveling
Where did you study?
Name of program
Why did you choose to study there?
I wanted to go to a big city and London was a natural
choice. It's full of history and culture and a perfect
place to be to get to see where Literature of today came
What courses did you choose to enroll
Understanding Modern Britain, Romantic Poets,
Contemporary British Film, and Theater Appreciation in
How did you pay for your study abroad
I used money from a college fund as well as UMKC
scholarships and a scholarship from CAPA International.
Did you use some sort of financial
aid, scholarship or fellowship?
What was your living situation?
The flats in London were amazing. They were a lot better
than what I expected. We had two bedrooms for four
people, a living room, TV, full kitchen with dishwasher
and a washer and dryer. I shared a room with another
girl from Missouri.
What did you do for fun?
I loved to ride the Tube, London's underground system.
Most museums in London are free and so close to our flat
so I went to a lot of them. Saturdays have open markets,
such as Portobello Market and Burough Market. I went to
play and did a lot of shopping.
Favorite aspect of your trip?
I got to travel all the time. Having no class on
Fridays, I went to Edinburgh, Scotland for a weekend.
For Spring Break, my friends and I went to Milan,
Florence, and Rome over ten days. London was so
accessible and getting around the city was very easy so
even if I didn't leave the city, there was always
something to do.
Challenges you faced?
Having never been in a city bigger than Kansas City, I
had to learn how to use public transportation and adapt
to living in a vibrant, living place. The English
culture is very similar to ours, as well as being
completely different. Learning the ways to function was
the biggest challenge.
Advice or helpful tips for future
The best advice I can give is, "It's not weird, it's
different". Study abroad is all about learning how other
people live so don't bring your American customs too
much into your new city. People do things differently
and you should learn to adapt to their ways and have
What is one thing you would change
about your experience?
I would have wanted to stay longer. Every other aspect
was amazing. All the little things were overlooked
because I was in London.
Is there a funny or memorable story
you would like to share from your experience?
While on Spring Break in Milan, my roommate lost her
wallet. On our way home around 3 am, some people stopped
us and said they'd found her wallet and that we could
pick it up from the bar where she'd left it. The next
day we went back and got her wallet, money, phone and
cards still in it.
Something interesting you learned
about the town you lived in?
London isn't as old as I thought. Most of it had been
rebuilt after WWII.
Would you be willing to allow
students to contact you via email with any questions
regarding your study abroad experiences?
Yes, at firstname.lastname@example.org