||Peace and Justice
Not that this is my only memorable experience, but my favorite moment in the three months that I spent in London is when it finally hit me that I was actually there. I rode the tube on my own for the first time, and I got off to switch trains to get back to campus without even thinking about it. At that moment, I realized how well I was fitting into the culture. London, as far away from home as I was, felt like home.
Benefits of Studying Abroad:
Studying abroad has made me a much more confident and independent person, which benefits me through all parts of my life. I am able to approach situations that I may not have been comfortable with before my study abroad experience with an entirely open mind. I can succeed in things that I may not have even tried before. That confidence will stick with me for the rest of my life. Now, I have the courage to move to a larger city and pursue better career options. I also have an inexplicable desire for Indian food.
Advice & Tips:
DO IT! It's always scary at first, but after you get settled in, it's going to be the best experience of your life. It may take a little time, but every bout of homesickness ends quickly and gets replaced by the excitement of exploring another country. Leaving London was so much harder for me than leaving Wisconsin, and that experience will always be with me. You'll feel the same way about whichever city you spend your time in.