In just 6 days, I’m leaving London and heading back to Texas. It’s pretty surreal how fast this semester passed. Studying abroad with FIE has been such an amazing and rewarding experience that I will never forget. Coming to London allowed me to travel more than I ever have. During the semester, I went to Wales, Scotland, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, and Italy as well as a few closer trips in England (definitely recommend planning your trips in advance not only to save money, but a little sanity too).
My internship with The Felix Project has been so beneficial and has taught me so many things. I feel so much more self assured and independent than I ever thought I would. My biggest piece of advice regarding internships is to really get to know your coworkers. They’re the perfect people to ask all those little burning questions you’ve had about British culture. I had a long debate with our office about why buttered popcorn isn’t a thing here and what constitutes the difference between a cookie or biscuit since both terms are used here. Since you are going to class amongst fellow Americans, your internship tends to be the first time you get fully immersed in British culture. Go to the office parties and have really great chats over tea. It’s all so worthwhile.
Another thing I really urge you to do is leave with no regrets. If that means you have to book incredibly last minute tickets to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or go to The Isle of Skye on a whim then so be it! Take advantage of every possibility, especially in London. There are so many special pop-ups and events that you can’t get anywhere else. My friend and I went to The Cauldron, a Harry Potter themed pop-up bar and had so much fun. But even the “average” things like going to museums and walking around the city are so amazing. I highly recommend hopping on the top of a double decker bus for some trips instead of the tube because it’s such an easy way to get acquainted with the city.
Like I said earlier, do everything you can before leaving because the day you fly out will really sneak up on you. And definitely try to not put off anything until the last minute because the last week is full of final papers and frantic packing. All in all, I hope you choose to study in London because it is truly an experience like none other!!