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6 Months in London, England: My Top 3 Experiences

I’ve just returned home after spending 6 months in the UK, working for my university’s study abroad program. I wrote about becoming a Program Assistant back in February, and gave a brief description of what I’d be doing in London and why I’d applied for the position.

Anyhow, I can’t believe my time is already up – in some ways it feels like it’s been forever, and in other ways I feel as though time has flown.

But 6 months truly is quite a bit of time. It’s strange to think that I’ve spent half a year in London. In that time, my job kept me pretty busy, and gave me so many unique experiences and opportunities. I thought, rather than attempting to write about it ALL, I’d pick my “top 3” experiences to share with you all today. (This is excluding the three weeks of personal travel at the end of my trip – I traveled to Germany and Austria with my parents and met my friend / coworker Kyla in Ireland. These adventures are a whole other story!) I’m limiting this post to my time as a Program Assistant in London.

Also, know that for the purpose of this post, I am writing about concrete experiences. If I were truly writing about my “top 3” takeaways from my time as a PA, it’d be centered around the relationships I developed with my coworkers and students.

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September Desktop Calendar: Free Download

Happy September! Also, happy Labor Day. It’s hard to believe the autumn season is in full swing. Having just returned from London, it feels for me as though no time has passed, but also as if it’s been years (and not merely 6 months!). I’m excited to share this new desktop calendar (I sort of skipped July and August, whoops), as well as a matching calendar for your iPhone lock screen! The iPhone wallpaper is compatible with the following models: iPhone 7 Plus / iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus / iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S / iPhone 6. *You may have to pinch the image to rescale on smaller devices (I have a 6S and it worked like a charm.) Looking forward to posting new content on the blog very soon! Just as a quick reminder, new posts go up on Mondays and Thursdays.

Click on the link below the design to download the full-size image. Enjoy!

Click this link to download the full-size desktop calendar (2560 x 1600).

Click this link to download the full-size iPhone wallpaper (1080 x 1920).


Daytrip to Brighton: 5 “Can’t Miss” Things to See & Do

There are plenty of easy daytrips you can take from London, but Brighton is one of my favorites. This seaside town is absolutely beautiful. And sometimes it’s nice to escape the city for a day – I’ve found that spending time in Brighton is peaceful and refreshing.

You can take a train to Brighton out of London Victoria or St. Pancras. If you’re traveling with 3+ people, be sure to purchase “group save” tickets, which ultimately means it’s cheaper to travel together. When you arrive in Brighton, the train station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the beach.

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Trooping the Colour 2018

A few weekends ago, I attended Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony to honor the Queen’s birthday. We made it a program-wide event, and I led a group of students to The Mall to watch the procession.

Let me just say this… attending Trooping the Colour is one of the best things I’ve done in London. Prior to this event, I’d never laid eyes on a member of the royal family (in the collective 8 months I’ve lived in London!). And in one day, I saw the entire royal family… twice!

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10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Dad’s Daily Emails

So yesterday was Father’s Day, and I was inspired to write something for the blog about my dad and all I’ve learned from him. I’ve been across the pond for a little over four months now, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from home, and I miss my family lots!

When I studied abroad in London during the spring semester of my sophomore year (spring 2016), my dad wrote to me every single day. By the end of my four months in London, he’d written over 100 emails.

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