You know that scene in the cheesy rom-com Dear John? The scene where the leading protagonist professes that it has only taken her a few weeks to fall in love with her male counterpart? Well, I can now admit that I am not disgusted, but rather, share those same feelings… However, my love is with London. I have officially been here a week and my love grows day by day. Everything about being in this city excites me—between the whirlwinds of emotion I experience to absorbing all of the amazing, beautiful, and diverse history and architecture.
Regent’s University is a beautiful ivy-covered campus located in North London. Fun fact: the Queen actually owns our campus! We are situated in the middle of Regent’s Park (sort of like the Central Park of Manhattan.) I love to walk through the park with my morning tea or for an evening run.
I am taking four classes: two human rights/political science courses and two film studies courses. My professors are wonderful, the classes are extremely small in number, and I love learning about material that is so closely related to my interests. The only downfall I have about the university is the lack of international students. I didn’t realize that I would be a part of RACL: Regent’s American College of London. Thus, I have essentially described it as “SHU Abroad.” Not that that’s a bad thing, though. I love Sacred Heart and the other students I have met; in fact, my roommate here is from Fairfield U! I was just expecting more people from all around the world.
But even though my campus isn’t that diverse, I can easily say that the city of London is. You never see the same person twice or stumble across a place that is extremely ordinary. Every person and every thing is an individual and unique. My favorite activity is getting on the Tube, stopping at a random station, and exploring the area. You can never get lost, because there is always an underground that will get you back to campus. It is honestly everything I could ask for and more.
Some of the more touristy spots we hit thus far:
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tate Modern Museum- my new friend/model, Chanel, from Canada.
My favorite spot so far has been Camden Market- reminded me of the ethnic and diverse markets of India. Unfornutately, everything is very expensive in England. So to my dismay, I will not be purchasing many goods.
Although classes have started and I am in more of a set routine, I have so much planned for the rest of my semester. Museums, galleries, operas, plays, concerts, festivals, pubs, European excursions… The saying is officially true: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."