After two incredible months abroad, we finally returned home. Sadly, the summer of a lifetime drew to a close after nine of the best weeks of our lives. Being abroad for such a long period of time allowed us to experience not just the tourist attractions, but the true British way of life. This program gave us the opportunity to work and study with Londoners while still having free time to travel and get to know European life.
By far, the most influential aspect of this trip was the work experience. My internship gave me the opportunity to thrive in all aspects of digital and print media advertising. I was given assignments in copywriting, competitive analyses, and everything in between. Other Creative truly opened a world of possibility for my career as I met numerous influential advertisers while gaining invaluable experience.
Prior to our trip beginning, taking courses was not a part of an ideal internship program. After studying with our two incredible professors for the duration of our trip, that changed entirely. The British Writers and British Life and Culture classes changed the way that I view the UK and opened my eyes to an entirely new way of thinking. International classroom experience was an integral part of this program, and proved to be one of the most beneficial components.
One of the most exciting aspects of this trip was the opportunity for international travel. While I may not have traveled as much as some other students in our trip did, my weekend in Paris made that all ok. After meeting up with a few friends from high school, we traveled the city and saw virtually everything in Paris over a three day period. We were able to see the Louvre, climb the Eiffel Tower, and eat all the french food we wanted. While it was sad to spend the last weekend of the summer outside of London, this weekend ended up being the perfect end of the trip.
I wouldn’t change a thing about this experience abroad. Working, studying, and traveling abroad gave us the opportunity to truly become Londoners. We ate at pubs and rode the Tube. During the Olympic Games, we cheered on Team GB as much as Team USA. We didn’t just work and study in London, we lived there.