One of the reasons I started this blog was to have a place to document my travels. I wanted a space where I can talk about experiences, feelings and reflect on places of the world I get to see. So I am going to have series of posts for different trips. And we are starting with a place I have always wanted to visit. LONDON! To say I am stoked is an understatement.
Let me back up a minute. I am currently working on my Masters in Higher and Postsecondary Education. Basically, I’m getting a degree to work at a college. I was heavily involved during my undergrad and I love working in this high paced environment. I have a passion in leadership and working with students. I had mentors in college who significantly changed my life and I hope I can make 1/100 of that impact with students. Anyways, this trip is actually an intensive study abroad program. We are going to be visiting universities in the UK as well as meeting with professionals to understand the major differences in our continuing education systems. I am really excited to go to different colleges and learn a lot. It is an professional opportunity of a lifetime.
Even though this is a professional trip, we have a lot of time to explore and visit London in a personal sense. Traveling abroad provides great opportunities to grow as an individual as well as visit a place I have always wanted to see. British culture has always fascinated me as they are a contributing country to the foundation of ours. Culturally, we are similar but there are still so many amazing differences. They have given us The Wanted, One Direction, Spice Girls and Adele. That alone is fantastic. I am fascinated by the Royal Family and their role in British society. Oh and I’ll be in town for the royal wedding, which is insane. There are so many things that I want to see while in London. I mean the obvious: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace. But I also just want to explore. I want to see what London really is. I keep telling people that they’ll find me roaming around in a random park during the days where it is nice outside.
People learn so much about themselves when traveling, especially abroad. Living with an anxiety disorder, change is terrifying. Putting myself in new situations is not easy. Just thinking about being in a new country mostly alone makes my chest tighten up. However, I can’t just stay in one place my whole life because I’m frightened by everything that will go wrong or what people will think of me. I hope that I will learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I need to learn to be independent and be okay with it. Traveling to London with a group of people who I don’t know entirely is very out of my comfort zone but I’m doing it. I won’t let my mind stop me from visiting a place I have always wanted to see. It’s time for me to have this kind of travel experience.
I can’t tell you everything I will learn in London. I can’t tell you that I’ll come out of this experience learning anything about myself at all. But I’m going. I will be in London for 10 days, trying to live as much in those days as possible. I’ll keep the professional and educational stuff mostly to myself but I’ll write about my journey across the pond and the life experiences and such. So we will see you in London 🙂