26 April

When I turned 16, my dad took me to London. He had everything planned out and we had so much fun. It was a wonderful 4 days and I will never forget the experience.

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London Tower, November 2013
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Lunch at Harrods, November 2013

My experience in London three years ago made me hungry for an extended British experience, and now, as I prepare to embark to the Legendary London Centre I have set a few goals pertaining to what I would like my experience to be.

Firstly, In the preparatory class that we took during this semester, we discussed Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. And what stuck out to me most after reading and discussing his writings, is the connections that he made with ordinary things to his own philosophical findings.

For example, he talked about how Americans have freedom of press, something standard and ordinary and then made a connection to his own experiences regarding violence and the press in his home country of France.

Whist in London, I want to be able to make these same kinds of connections, and then build upon them to form new or growing opinions on the things I learn about and see, be it historical or current.

Secondly, as I undertake this new and exciting adventure that is traveling and living in England, I want to get out of my comfort zone and begin to say “yes” to things. I often turn down opportunities that could very well help we grow as an individual because I am nervous or embarrassed. Whilst I’m in England, I want to learn how to move past this stunt in personal growth and do new things, even if its small things like staying in a hostel (which I am SUPER nervous about) or interacting more fully with people that I don’t know (which I am not very good at).

I am more than excited for the upcoming semester in one of my favorite cities. Bon Voyage!

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