Ah people, we’ve come to the end of era! Just kidding, I’m being dramatic. However, I am at the end of my year with UCEAP as the London Study Centre Intern, and I simply cannot believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was flustered and running around trying to get through my first batch of orientations, and figuring out how to use an Excel spreadsheet – now, I’m a pro at both! Okay, maybe I’m not so great at Excel, but you get the point.
Wow, it’s been such an intense year! It was not always easy, I’ll admit, as I had a difficult time adjusting to life in London when I first arrived, having to deal with crippling loneliness and the stress of getting kicked out of the first flat I moved into with absolutely no warning. Coming back to London to work at my first office job wasn’t anything like my semester of study abroad, and it took a little bit to get used to that huge difference. Luckily, my love for this city and my desire to be successful at this job overcame all my hardships, and I soon realized that all the hard work and stress of applying and getting a visa and moving across the world was completely worth it!
I am so thankful to the LSC staff, as well as the ESC and the UK Trust, who have helped me with the transition and been so welcoming throughout the year. I also got to meet so many great people, from UC alumni full of useful advice, to the friendliest students, and lots of new friends in between! Besides, London is the best city in the world and there was no shortage of things to do and see to keep me busy in my down time.
The fabulous people I’ve had the opportunity to meet are definitely a huge contribution to my amazing year with UCEAP, but I’ve also enjoyed all the different things I’ve gotten to do in this position, from writing blog posts and going on the Spring Trip, to even making tea and ordering water bottles! All the diverse aspects of this internship have come together to give me an incredibly rich experience, and through it I have learned so many new skills that will be very useful in any future jobs I have. I’ve gained a much wider understanding and appreciation of London, and I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to come back and fall in love with it even more! Seriously, all I done this past year is read and write about London every day, so if you need any tips, recommendations, or directions, I’m your girl.
As sad as I am to say goodbye to UCEAP, I am so ecstatic that I will not be saying goodbye to London, as I’ll be returning in the fall to start an MA programme in Public Relations and Advertising right in central London. You’re not rid of me just yet! It’s more of a ‘see you later’ than a teary farewell. I’m sure you’ll be seeing me around at UCEAP events, unable to fully let go, but for now, cheers, and thank you for all of the amazing memories!