Meet Kelly – University College London – UCL
University College London Exchange
Full Academic Year 2012-2013
About Me: Last autumn, after devoting eight years to high-level athletics, I felt that I was ready for a change. I wanted to see what more life can offer me, and vice versa. So I quit – I quit so I could start something new. Now, come September, I will do my junior year of undergrad in London, England.
Where in the world I am off to: I am enrolling as any other international student at University College London, located in the heart of the city, where I will study History. As both the city and the school are considered very global in nature, I hope to encounter more cultures than if I were in a more isolated program. Furthermore, I plan to use weekends and breaks to explore the UK and the rest of Europe!
Why I chose this place: The biggest draw London holds for me is its history. When I visited London four years ago I loved seeing the layers of history at every turn. I am from Seattle – a young city on the youngest coast of a young country – so moving to a two thousand year old city to study history is simply unbeatable. When I decided to study abroad last November, London was immediately my unquestioned first choice.
What I am most excited about: I am most excited to get to know London itself. While the new people, travels, adventures, and knowledge I’ll experience abroad will be rewarding, there is a reason I chose London as my backdrop for all of those. I am looking forward to engaging with this fascinating city as more than a tourist, so that it becomes a part of my life and I a part of its.
My goals and motivations: Forcing myself out of my comfort zone and gaining real independence was a big push in deciding to study abroad. Moving to any new place would be beneficial in this regard – I am just particularly fortunate that London is my destination!
What I hope readers gain from my posts: While abroad, I want to take particular notice of all the small delights that will surround and ultimately define my experiences. I hope to share my small appreciations and observations here. So, hopefully, readers will get to experience with me the quirks, secrets, and personalities I encounter in London, and beyond.