In the beginning of my journey to studying abroad, it was hard deciding where I wanted to go. When I looked at the potential London held for me, I was sold. I wanted to study somewhere where I could learn more about myself and become more self-reliant, determined, and independent. London had it all. It is a city that requires you to be fast paced, moving, determined, and self-reliant. Whether you’re going from point A to B, through the tube or the bus,, you have to be very independent. When I first arrived, I didn’t experience as much cultural shock within the city itself. It really hit me when I was in a market, pub, or a restaurant where certain words or foods were different what I thought they were.
What has surprised me the most is how quickly the city has become my home. I can get from one point to another within the whole city without a guide or looking lost, and I know how to navigate myself and try new things. I drink tea every day like the locals do, talk to my co-workers at my internship, go out for food, desserts, market shopping, etc. I’ve been to Oxford, Cambridge, Basildon, etc. and I’ve noticed how I have adapted to the “English lifestyle” of working hard, fast, and precisely, without looking like I’ve done something in a rush.
Within all of my trips, to shops, museums, and landmarks, I’ve learned to appreciate the history that lives within the city and the way things are done here in the UK. It has been a wonderful adventure so far and I just hope to be able to keep searching for more places to discover before my time is over.
I would like to think that I’ve grown as a person by learning more about the city’s history and by communicating with Londoners more. Yet, I think I can still work towards that goal of mine. I’ve noticed that I am more independent as a person and that I feel like I’m traveling and learning every step of the way. I’ve become fond of certain foods or places in the city, and it makes me happy to see how I’ve change bit by bit.
In the final weeks of my time here, my goal is to speak as many new people as possible, which can be challenging since people in London don’t really talk to you on public transportation. People here tend to keep to themselves and mind their own business, and it's made me realize how lonely it feels not talking to anyone during your commute. So step by step, I hope to takeaway some social cues that will continue to help me grow and become more independent with time.