Short Term Study Abroad
One of my favorite parts about QU is the variety of the classes that you have the option to take. Almost every semester I have taken at least one class that I really just want to be in for fun. Last semester my “fun” class was Cultures in Comparison: The London Experience. This was an 8 week course in the second half of the semester. We discussed the culture, current events, and various other aspects of British culture compared to our own. For the second half of the class we were able to actually go overseas to experience London for ourselves. So from January 2nd, - the 12th, I was experiencing a whole new world with 10 of my classmates.
The trip was really eye opening for me, as it was my first time out of the United States. The culture and way of life over in Europe is quite different than what we are used to. The hardest adjustment I had to make on the first day was on the escalators. In London, if you are not walking on the escalators you are supposed to stand on the right side. This was an adjustment because in most American cities it seems like if people want to walk on escalators to get somewhere faster (most do not seem to care that much), they have to weave in and out of people. As we were part of a large group I’m glad we did not have to keep walking like that.
Also on our Euro-adventure we were able to spend some time in Paris, as well as the English Country-side. These were two of my favorite parts of the trip. We spent two days in Paris, looking at all of the architecture, and of course we were able to see the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. The coolest part was getting to drink champagne at the top of the tower.
But really the best day was when we went to Stonehenge. Stonehenge was so beautiful and mysterious. I think that is why I liked it so much. After Stonehenge we also traveled to the city of Bath. We drank the hot spring water and explored the city. The interesting thing about Bath was that all of the buildings looked alike. They were all expected to be the same color and built in the same manner. This is definitely something we were not used to. But it had a certain beauty to it.
I could write all day and all night about the different experiences that I had while overseas, but I won’t bore you with that. Instead I will leave you with this. Take a trip abroad. Whether you want to study over-seas for a whole semester or maybe just take a 10 day trip like I did, it is worth the time and money. You will make new friends, see new places, and experience this great big world around you in ways you never imagined.