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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leaving Suburban Life for London...

by Danielle Lomax

In less than two weeks I will be leaving the warm comfort of my suburban home to depart on what I’m sure will be the trip of a lifetime. But before I go into further detail, I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Danielle and I am entering my junior year at Howard University in the wonderful city of Washington, DC.

I am a lover of sports, shopping, people watching and being a "foodie". I'd also like to consider myself an avid "domestic" traveller. I have been to an array of cities in the U.S. but this summer will be my first (definitely not the last) time abroad.

Words cannot explain the amount of angst and excitement that I am feeling. I am super excited about being overseas, exploring new places and meeting new places. But I am also a little nervous about experiencing the initial culture shock. Luckily, London is an urban metropolis filled with diversity.

In regards to preparation, all of the administrative tasks have been taken care of. I have my passport and I have submitted all of the necessary documentation. The only major problem that I have left to tackle is to START packing. I am having the hardest time trying to consolidate my wardrobe into one suitcase and a carry-on. I'm a girl that likes to have options, and preparing one suitcase for 6 weeks worth of options is definitely a challenge. Not to mention, that I waited until to last minute. Between interning, making last minute arrangements with friends and watching the NBA Finals,  procrastination has really gotten the best of me.

Aside from packing, I cannot wait to visit a few England's neighboring countries. A trip to Paris has already been scheduled through GSE. Hopefully I will get a chance to visit other places. I've been eyeing Barcelona, Ibiza, Monaco and Amsterdam for quite some time now. France, Spain, and the Netherlands are all countries that have something different to offer.

The school that I will be studying also has included an optional trip to Brussels. Did I mention the Summer 2012 Olympics? I cannot lie, the Summer Olympics definitely assisted with picking London as my study abroad destination. I'm sure the city is going to be buzzing with excitement. All in all, I am ready to make the most out of studying abroad!

Until next time!

Danielle Lomax


GSE Summer 2012 - London, England
Middlesex University

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