Week 3 of London!
So this week for our program, we spent a good portion of it traveling outside of London. First, we visited Airbus in Bristol, which is around a three hour drive from London. They allowed us to visit their wing manufacturing facilities, which was interesting for all of my classmates who are majoring in operations management. After Airbus, we took the bus to Bath, which is a famous historic city located around two hours from London. If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you would know Bath from her novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
Bath was absolutely beautiful, the entire town is built in the style of 18th century architecture, so it literally feels like you’re living in a Jane Austen novel. A lot of period films are actually filmed there, like The Duchess and Les Miserables. We were generously hosted by the University of Bath, who let us stay in their dorms and interact with their students. A majority of the people we interact with in this program are established working professionals, so it was so nice to talk to students who were the same age as us. It was interesting learning about the British university system from them. A majority of British students have to determine their career paths around fourteen, and then specialize in their chosen career field while at the university. It seems like such a major decision to make at such a young age. Another weird fact, which makes me extremely grateful for American tuition prices, is that the students at Bath have had the price of their tuition triple over the past three years. Ouch! I will never complain about American tuition increases again.
After Bath, we visited Stonehenge, which was humbling to say the least. We all went on a four hour walking tour of the site, which I originally balked at, but it was absolutely worth it in the end since it helped me appreciate the site. Stonehenge took hundreds of years to build and generations of people literally spent their lives erecting this astounding memorial. It was humbling to think that the names and the details of Stonehenge’s workers have been completely erased over time, and that Stonehenge is literally the only the testament to their lives that remains. It was almost overwhelming and made me think about human mortality.
After we returned to London, we spent our final company visit touring the stadium of the English premier football club, the Tottenham Hotspurs. This was honestly the best company visit we had so far, in my opinion, because we were given the chance to talk to the marketing department for the team. I had never considered sports marketing before, but after hearing about the marketing employees talking about utilizing social media to build a fan base, I actually now would love to be involved with sports marketing. After talking to the marketing department, we got to tour the team’s locker room, which was amazing. I even got to touch the jersey of Harry Kane, who is one of the most popular English football players right now. The company visit was definitely a lot of fun.
So, next week will be the final week in London! I wonder where all the time went, it’s absolutely crazy. I can’t wait to tell you all about my final adventures.
Best wishes from across the pond,