I hope everyone has been enjoying summer! I am blogging from Brussels, Belgium right now and life is pretty good. As I mentioned a few blogs ago, I got accepted to a London study abroad program and I arrived in London at the beginning of July. I am in Brussels with some other students in my program for 3 days, checking out the European Commission, the Parlamentarium, and of course consuming as much chocolate and Belgium waffles as I can
But just to backtrack: I left New Paltz excited for summer but sad to say bye to some friends who graduated. I spent my month at home catching up with friends, helping out around the house, and working here and there. Upon leaving for London I was excited yet very nervous for the program. Thankfully I have been loving it and I wish I had more than 5 weeks to be here! I was able to visit Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Abbey Road, and countless other places. I even spent a weekend in Paris!! I have enjoyed both classes I took abroad, although the essay-writing was not fun. But when is writing 3 essays fun? Nevertheless, I am grateful to be abroad and now more than ever I encourage all you college students out there to do the same! Granted I am spending more money than I had originally planned, but I will work harder to make up for it this year. If you are seriously considering studying abroad start saving as early as possible! Also, be open to new experiences and immerse yourself in the culture- the lessons you learn abroad are valuable and you gain a much more global perspective just from the people you meet.
The Olympics are also taking place right now in London and the city has transformed. Just weeks ago I was a new and nervous tourists, but now I walk through the streets more confident and I see people from all over the world walking around in the same state I was when I first arrived. I have not seen any Olympic events, but I can still enjoy watching the games with new friends and just enjoy the atmosphere. I even saw the Torch before the Olympics as it made its way throughout the country!
I will keep this blog relatively short and say that it has been a pleasure to be an NPBlogger for the 2011-2012 school year. The ’12-’13 NPBloggers are ready to take over when classes start at the end of August and I know they will continue to share their stories and their love for the New Paltz community. As I enter my Senior year I will be sad to see the end of my time at New Paltz, but I am certain I have made friends for a lifetime here and have gained a quality education I can be proud of as I enter the real world. I hope I have helped some perspective students out there and I wish everyone who as read my blog nothing but happiness and success!