Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is doing a Semester in London with CISabroad. Learn more about her studies and travels here, and stay tuned for more great posts from Erin!
London has been so great. I have made new friends, tried new foods, and experienced a whole new culture, but there have been some hard times as well. Believe it or not, it has actually been hard to be away from my normal rigorous school routine. I never thought I would say I miss doing a lot of schoolwork, and I don’t, but what I do miss is the feeling of being productive. Sure, its great to travel around and sight see, but at the end of the day, what did I really accomplish? Being here has definitely helped me learn a lot about myself and where I find fulfillment. When I get home I will not be able to complain about my busy schedule filled with homework, work, and extra carriculars, but let’s be honest, I probably will.
Another struggle I have had in London is the weather. It is rainy or overcast here ALL OF THE TIME. Now I understand why Peter Pan could never find his shadow! I love sunlight more than your average Joe, and being away from it for this long has started to take a toll. I have learned that the weather has a dramatic impact on my mood and the consistent recurrence of overcast days has put me into a funk. Now I live for the days when the sun is out, even for just a few minutes, so that I can feel the warmth on my face and see the city light up around me. To get through this London winter I have started trying to see the beauty in the rain and the clouds. I have recognized that because of the rainy climate, there are so many flowers gathered across the green spaces of London. The bright yellow daffodils found on every corner have become my little rays of sunshine on cloudy days.