I have now been in London England for over 2 weeks now and things are going well. My two classes are very interesting, London City of Change is a great historical overview of the city and an insiders look into many aspects of the city that few know. My favorite part of the class is that it is taught by a native British woman and we get to do a lot walks and see many neat things in the city. Even though I am in a city that is westernized, speaks English, and has most amenities I am used to…England and London specifically is still a foreign country. I have already learned a lot about not only London while I have been here, but also I have learned about international relations and have had access to different viewpoints regarding America and other issues. I am glad that I have this opportunity. I have less than 3 weeks left in this sprawling metropolis and I’m sure I will hate to see it go for many reasons, but I am also looking forward to returning to Washington DC and eventually Kentucky and seeing what steps God has orchestrated for me next. It is funny that in a city as large as London I often times have feelings of solitude. I think it kind of like “white noise”…there are so many things going on here (everything is going on in London), and so many people and things going and doing, that it is easy to fade back into your thoughts. I have used this to grow closer to God, think, and grow…definitely a plus to this whole experience.
I hope that all people, especially those of us pursuing higher education can visit foreign lands. Visiting and living abroad are highly necessary if you are looking to be “cultured,” or you want to be able to relate to all kinds of people. Londoners expect people (especially Americans) to be rude it seems. They expect the worst and being able to calm that stereotype and have a normal conversation with someone is or should be a highly desirable skill…and this is a skill I am honing while here.
I miss home for sure, but I think I would be crazy to say that I havent grown a little wiser, more aware, and more informed because of my summer away. I just realized that this is the longest that I have been away from the Commonwealth at one time. I hope the state welcomes me back haha I have represented her well…I even have the state flag hanging in my dorm or “flat.”
Hopefully, this blog proves useful to someone other than myself and maybe it will encourage others to travel, step out on limbs, and go and do things that are not always comfortable. I would be a liar if I said that I did not do this for personal gain…my hope is to distinguish myself from others and show that I am more “employable” than some other person, but really I just want to provide for my family, others, and myself…earning my own keep. I am not trying to step on people to get to the top or anything like that (I have seen the effects of that firsthand this summer) or looking to spend my entire life generating wealth. I simply want to better myself in hopes of using my skills, knowledge, and work ethic to better the world somehow for Christ. I look forward to the future, but live in the present…or at least try to :)