I studied abroad to…
experience what it was like to fully immerse myself in another culture, as opposed to just visiting for vacation. I wanted to explore, learning about the locals and their lifestyle, while simultaneously learning about myself.
One of my biggest challenges before studying abroad:
My biggest challenge before studying abroad was committing to change. I’m originally from out of state, so coming to UF was already a big adjustment for me. I was afraid to make another big leap so soon, but it definitely paid off.
A typical meal I had while studying abroad:
Often times, on the way back from class in the morning, I would stop at this little sandwich shop and get scrambled eggs on a baguette for breakfast. It was super cheap and they had the most incredible baguettes.
My favorite spot in my host city:
My favorite spot in London was Camden Market. This was a bunch of shops and stands located in what used to be stables with local vendors selling fashion, food, art, and more. Camden Market was my favorite spot because it was just a great place to wander around and there was something for everyone. I loved talking to the different vendors and seeing the different things they made or are selling.
One cool event I got to experience while abroad:
One of the coolest things I got to experience was touring Wembley Stadium with my Principles of Marketing class. We got to see the locker room, the conference room, the stadium itself, and more.
The most memorable experience for me while abroad:
Hostels were always a bit strange, but fun nonetheless! I was with some girlfriends for Valentine’s Day Weekend in Stockholm and one of the guys staying in our room at the hostel bought us cinnamon buns for Valentine’s day. It was sweet but a bit bizarre.
A habit I picked up while abroad:
A habit I picked up was trying to take trips on weekends, whether that be to other places in Europe or even day trips within the UK, such as going to the White Cliffs of Dover.
What I found most challenging while abroad:
While abroad, I found it most difficult to adjust at first. It was complex learning about how the tube and the buses work and making sure I was going to the right location. It really just took time to understand and got easier the more I used the tube and learned my way around a bit more.
What surprised me most about study abroad:
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of field trips we went on for our classes. It was really intriguing to take these trips and see things firsthand, as opposed to many of the large lecture halls at UF.
My last bit of advice:
Take advantage of every opportunity and don’t be hesitant. Some of my best experiences were due to just being spontaneous. With that being said, also do some research and make it a point to get to the places you really want to go because you never know when your program might get cut short.