Hi everyone! My name is Caitlin and I’ve been the Programme Intern for the London Study Centre for about 5 months now! A few months back, Georgia, the LSC Programme Officer, wrote a HILARIOUS introduction for both myself and Jonathan, our new LondonStudy Centre Manager. Now I thought I’d give you all a more personal introduction so y’all can get to know me a lil better (and so we can be friends YAY)!
1) Let’s start with an introduction:
Hi everyone, my name is Caitlin. I studied abroad at the University of Sussex for the 2016-2017 school year where I studied Communication and Media Studies. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2017 with a B.A. in Communication (GO CHOS!!!!). I’m a lil late on this post so I have been in the position for a few months so far! I thoroughly enjoy this job and my colleagues Jonathan and Georgia! Whether Jonathan likes to admit or not, we’re all best friends.
2) What was one of your favourite memories from your time studying abroad?
Honestly, when I first read this question I though it asked what my favourite meals were, not memories lol. A lot of my favourite memories involved food and my flatmates. I was lucky enough to live in a flat full of Brits and now they are some of my greatest friends. We learned a lot about each other’s respective cultures. I taught them a bunch of American games and told them about what was life in the U.S. and they taught me the need-to-know things to live a British life like regional slang (wag1 piff ting) and how to not get myself lost on the train/tube system.
3) What impact has studying abroad left on your life?
Studying abroad has made an invaluable impact on my life. For one, it was when I got bit by the travel bug and now my life is centered around when and where I can get on a plane to next. I have also gained more appreciation for cultural diversity, whether that be within London or from country to country. I have never been more interested in people and the way they go about their everyday life. As Communication major, THAT’S A BIG DEAL.
4) What advice would you give to students who are considering studying abroad?
I have so much advice to give about studying abroad as it is my favourite thing to talk about. But my big take away is to separate life in the UK to your life back home. See it as two separate experiences in your life that are incomparable. If you compare UK life to home life, then you might start to miss home more easily. Allow yourself the opportunity to fall in love with this place and make it your second home.
5) What does your position at the LSC entail?
As a Programme Intern at LSC, I am primarily responsible for posting content on Facebook, Instagram, and our UKI UCEAP blog. This blog. WOOOOOO! The content ranges from your guys’ fun adventures (follow us @ukiuceap and use the hashtag #ukiuceap to give us sick content) to useful content about maximising your experience to its full potential. I am also responsible for sending out Tuesday tubes that let you in on all of the important deadlines and events coming up as well as actually planning these said events. If you have any inkling of what you would want to do as an event while you are here, LET ME KNOW. HELP US HELP YOU. Besides everything already mentioned, I get to do boring, monotonous administrative work that I actually thoroughly enjoy.
6) What inspired you to apply for this position and what are you looking forward to the most about it?
Ever since I initially got off the plane at Heathrow airport, I knew I was meant to live in England. So naturally, when I heard they hired alumni for this internship position, I knew I wanted to apply. UCEAP provided me with so many fun opportunities like Thanksgiving in Scotland and visiting Arundel Castle so I thought it would be really fun to help plan events that transform students’ experiences, like it did mine. I want people to be excited when they get featured on our Instagram or when we plan a really great event. I’M JUST EXCITED TO BE THE ULTIMATE HYPE-WOMAN.
7) What will you miss most about California?
Sunshine [There is no sun in the UK. If tell you otherwise, they’re wrong.]
8) List one interesting or unexpected fact about yourself?
I literally cry when I eat good food. I did a lot of food-crying through out my travels.
All the basic things about California
No particular order but I miss all these things dearly.
Especially at The Avocado Show in Amsterdam and a lil pub in Prague. *Que food slide show*