Studying in London

Hello All,

As some of you in my more personal social circle know, I have just spent the last six weeks traveling and studying in London, England. What some of you do not know is that it was the most amazing experience a young person like myself, or any person for that matter, could possibly ask for. Part of what made this experience so riveting, was surprising or not, the courses. Four mornings a week I would wake up at 9 am, walk to Cafe Nerro for a coffee and biscuit, and continually walk to my classroom building at 43 Harrington Garden, South Kensington, London (I know!). For the next four hours, I would either study British Television (Mondays and Tuesdays) or Psychology Applied to Social Issues (Wednesdays and Thursdays). Although seemingly ordinary from the outside, my summer classes were hardly burdensome to my travels. In the British Television class we learned of British Television history as well as themes and genres, something every good Brit should be well-versed in. It not only taught me about the British television system, but about British history as a whole. For example, did you know that before the Queen’s Coronation in the early 1960’s was broadcast on the BBC, most of the British population found television to be “rubbish”? And then there is the Psychology course, which felt more like an organized, informed trip calendar then a class! We spent much time in museums and other places of academia, such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The Freud Museum, and Tottenham, London (site of the 2011 London riots). It was a whirlwind of activity that gave insight into many social and psychological issues/historical moments in London’s history.

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