Reflections from Home

Hi again (and for the last time this semester)!

I’m writing this from the Great White North, back home with Timmies in hand. It’s definitely good to be back for the holidays, even though this semester abroad has been incredible.

I’m happy to see my family and friends, to have a proper shower and heating, to have a break from cooking, and that I don’t have to walk everywhere.

That being said, I do miss my friends and flatmates in London and I’ll be happy to see them again come January. To each his/her own, but I’m glad that I chose to do a year abroad, rather than a semester. I still have so much more to explore in London and so many places to travel to.

Sadly, I still have four essays due beginning of January, which means I don’t get a proper break. I much prefer having my work due before the break, so those of you at U of T – you should feel lucky that you’re done (or will be soon)! I’ll be slaving away by the warm glow of my laptop.

I’m stuck between looking back on the good times I had this semester and looking forward to the times to come, which isn’t a bad place to be. If anyone reading this is considering doing an exchange in London, there are a few things I can tell you that might help your decision along.

1. London is a huge city. If you leave your room, it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t be bored. However, it can be intimidating at times. You should consider it if a fast paced life is what you’re looking for.

2. You’ll be surrounded by people constantly. People on the street, people in caf├ęs, people everywhere!

3. It’s incredibly expensive, but it is possible to find good student deals. The UK is much more accommodating to students and student life.

4. You’ll pretty much always be busy.

5. As with anything, it’s what you make of it. If you make an effort to meet new people and explore, you should have an amazing time.

That’s all the advice I have for now. It really just depends what you’re looking for in an exchange. London was the right choice for me, but you should decide what you want to get out of studying abroad.

Well, I should get back to my essays. Words, words, words. (Some Shakespeare for you Lit students).

Happy Holidays everyone!

Talk to you next year…

– Veronika

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