London is a bustling city with a character of its own. Having heard much stories from my brother who spent three years there, I was bursting with excitement when it was my turn to explore this city during my Study Abroad semester.
King’s College London (KCL) is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and had much to offer to its international students.
“Ma, I’m in London.”
I sent the text to my mother right after my plane touched down at London Heathrow Airport. As I put away my phone and gathered my things to get off the plane, I struggled to suppress the sense of loneliness welling inside me. I may already be 21 years old but this was the first time I traveled all by myself to another country and I would be lying to say that I was not scared at all.
I decided to study abroad in a large city like London because I wanted to learn to be independent. And in many ways, I definitely did: I explored on my own, I cooked for myself (not very successfully or frequently, but it happened!), and I got acclimated to a new place without my usual and familiar support system beside me.
Being able to study in the center of London was an experience that I will forever appreciate. The city has it all: any kind of cuisine you can think of, any kind of shop you could ever need, and a million sights to see. Being central is crucial, and King’s provided that experience perfectly.