Home and Reflection on My Time Abroad

Home now for two nights and two mornings, and I’m waking up at 5am and ready for bed by 6pm. This jet-lag will wear off soon, but the memories of last month will remain. I miss most the busy and exhilarating days with new friends, walking to new museums, seeing the sights and sounds of London.

The whole time we were there, the weather was beautiful, 70-80 degrees, sunny, partly sunny.

I’ll keep in touch with my new friends around the globe via social media.┬áThe world is smaller that way.

Academically, I’ll miss the two professors I had, both exceptionally skilled at teaching and conveying both the conceptual and practical aspects of their respective specialties (British Literature and Museum Studies).

It’s been great relating my experiences to my roommate since I’ve been back. He recognizes the unique opportunity I’ve had.

As the United Kingdom takes steps to leave the European Union and as we look forward to a close presidential race in this country, I’ve recognized the need to remain engaged in world events, and to see how different trends transcend borders and effect the world community. My study-abroad experience reinforced my belief that understanding and seeing other parts of the world leads to a desire for greater engagement with and within the world. This is still one big place.

I look forward to seeing how my new friends are getting on, and I’m looking forward to future adventures in New Paltz.

I’m a senior second-degree student at SUNY New Paltz. I have a dual-major in art history and creative writing, and I’ll be studying abroad at Kingston University, London, during the summer of 2016. I’ll be taking a Literature of London course and a Museums and Galleries course.

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