I can't quite remember the first time I decided I wanted to go to London. Honestly, it seems like my obsession with England and everything about British life and culture has existed throughout my entire life. From watching British television shows and documentaries to favoring their musicians and their life styles, I grew up wishing I lived in this beautiful city. So, no one was really surprised when I immediately applied to Regents University last spring to fulfill this life-long dream. Honestly, as cheesy as it sounds, finally being here feels like the biggest and best accomplishment I've ever achieved.
Anyways, enough with the sappy story, lets get into the good stuff!
Fellow SHU-goer Geno and I arrived at Heathrow Airport, London at the prime time of 6 AM on August 26th. (Side-note, this was also my birthday, so arriving in London was a pretty awesome present) To say that we were exhausted after our overnight flight would definitely be an understatement. Immediately I was blown away by the beauty of Regents Park. I'm not sure how we got so lucky to go to a university that is not only right in the middle of London, but also in a park that looks like something out of a movie. There's even a zoo in the middle of the park, not more than 2 minutes away from me. This university hosts students from 140 different countries, but the majority of the people I've met are from the USA. I would say one of the craziest things I've experienced so far is the number of people I've met for the first time here, who know someone that I do back home. The sixth degree of separation is so real.
So far this week has been filled with more activities than I've done all summer. Regents offered a huge list of trips, scavenger hunts, and adventures for students to go on in order to immerse themselves in London life. I've completely embraced the tourist life at this point and I have no shame.
Here's my friends and I in front of bae (Big Ben)
Overall, I've probably gotten lost an average of about 20 times a day. Whether I'm trying to find the London Bridge or simply Regents University after my run, I've somehow managed to get lost every time I leave my dorm. However, getting lost is kind of a good thing here because each time I've gotten lost, I've ended up finding something cool instead.
I honestly can't believe a whole week has gone by already. Even the awful jet lag hasn't effected how incredibly happy I am to finally be here. I can't wait to see what the rest of the semester has in store!