Hello hello! Or “cheers” as they say here in London! This is Alicia McCormick, checking in after my first couple of weeks here at Queen Mary University of London. I am loving it so far! Plus, it is a great school because it is the only university in London with an enclosed campus and it’s a bit outside of central London, just like BC!
Settling in here was a lot easier than packing was. I told myself I would not over-pack, but alas, I did. Yet, I still have plenty of room for all my clothes, with the giant dresser in my room! I also enjoy the luxury of having my own bedroom and bathroom, so it will certainly be an adjustment going back to BC’s dorms next semester. The flat I am in is shared with 9 people total; myself and two other Americans, as well as 4 British girls, and 2 boys from Korea and Romania. The diversity of my flat extends to the university as a whole as well. I have met people from so many different places here, including Brazil, Italy, El Salvador, France, Bulgaria, Canada, China, and of course our lovely city of Boston :).
What is great about the university system in the UK is that there is Fresher’s Week, meaning we have an entire week on campus before classes even start! Granted, this week is intended for the freshmen, it allowed us study abroad students to have plenty of fun as well! I got to explore all over London and beyond, including taking a boat cruise on the River Thames, going to Greenwich (and taking a pic on the Prime Meridian!), seeing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and visiting Stonehenge! This is such a beautiful country with so much history. I’ll also add that for the most part the weather has been absolutely beautiful here, but I don’t want to jinx it! I think I brought over the summer sun from Boston :P.
Now that classes have started I am getting into a bit more of a routine, but it is still so different than home since most classes only meet once a week. My schedule worked out so that I only have classes on Monday and Tuesday (plenty of time for traveling and exploring London!). I already have a trip planned to Sweden and I am working on getting flights to Rome, as well as a few other places! My semester abroad has kicked off to a great start and I cannot wait to see what the next few months have in store!