Across the Pond: Studying Abroad at IU

You will hear this a million times as a college student, and I will join the chorus that tells you: STUDY ABROAD. It has been nearly a week since I got to London and so far I am loving it. Despite the challenges of settling in, (like how to work the stove…where to buy food…how to work the bus system?) I can already tell it is going to be great experience and I will learn something new every day.

Our first full day was spent touring around London on a bus and taking in the various sights in the city. One of my favorite spots was Buckingham Palace. It was so surreal to be standing in front of the place I’ve seen broadcast for the Royal Wedding!

A few of us are hoping to head back out this weekend on our own and explore more of the attractions London has to offer. There is so much I want to see and do here, like ride the London Eye or visit Westminster Abbey, and I’m starting to think 8 weeks might not be nearly enough time here.

I’ve finally begun adjusting to the time difference (5 hours ahead here) and am getting into a routine. I can’t wait to share more of my experiences with you this summer whenever I can! If you ever have the chance or the desire to study abroad, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it!

About The Author
Rachel HartogJournalism Major, Class of 2014, Georgetown, IN

I am a journalism major and business minor and plan to graduate in May 2014. Some of my best experiences in life have been because of IU, including studying abroad, meeting great people, and having an awesome internship

After I graduate, I hope to get into the broadcast journalism field, either traveling as a field reporter or getting to cover local events. I'm still exploring what specific area interests me but am open to just about anything!

I am looking forward to sharing all of my experience and everything that makes IU such a great place to be on this blog!