Posts Tagged ‘London’

Thursday
November 15

Hello from London

By muellerz

Prime Meridian

Hello from London! Let me introduce myself—my name is Zack (that’s me above, at the Prime Meridian), and I’m a junior at BU. I’ll be posting here every so often, so keep checking back for more! I’ve had a ton of great experiences at BU so far: sailing on the Charles, Kilachand Honors College classes, my time on the Mock Trial team, and the summer I spent living and working in Boston are just a few. But right now I’m in London on one of BU’s awesome internship study abroad programs, so I figured I’d start off by telling you a little about that.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect out of a study abroad program. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and have traveled around the country quite a bit, but my international experiences were limited to Vancouver, BC, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Those trips were vacations, so this is the first time I’ve ever really lived and worked in a foreign country.

Acropolis

The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

England might not seem like a very exotic destination, but at the same time it’s much different than the US, and in so many ways. Take the Tube (the London subway system), for instance. If you don’t know your way around its extensive underground network, and if you don’t know to stand on the right side of the escalator and walk on the left, then you best get out of the way or risk getting run over; much different than in Boston, where the T (our subway system) is more relaxed. Another difference: on the Tube, everyone reads newspapers and doesn’t say a word to each other. On the T, there’s always a conversation to be had.

Harry Potter Studios

Harry Potter Studios

That said, when you introduce yourself, work, or spend some time with a Londoner, they’ll talk to you like you’ve known each other forever! It’s interesting how, generally with strangers, most people in the city keep to themselves, but once you start to establish a relationship they’ll want to go out for drinks or check out an event in the city almost every weekend. Having the opportunity to work in a law firm through the program has really allowed me to see what it’s like to live and work like a Londoner, and has given me so much more of a unique view of the people and life here than any other visit would have afforded.

I’ve always known I wanted to study abroad, and my experience so far has only reaffirmed how important I think it is to a college education. It’s much more difficult to be successful in today’s international economy without having experienced at least one other culture. While I may not have the chance to work and live in every country, the more exposure I have to people all over the world, the more it will enrich my own education. My time here has not only made me see what a great decision it was to go abroad, but now has me seriously considering programs like the Peace Corps or other opportunities after graduation that will let me see more cultures and get to know more people from all over the planet.

Of course, there’s more to my study abroad experience in London than the internship and the subway system. I’ve toured Buckingham Palace, visited Windsor Castle, ran in a half-marathon around the city, and went to a Guy Fawkes Day carnival that culminated in a fireworks display over the city. Oh, and a few weeks ago, the world premiere of the new James Bond movie was held a block and a half from the BU dorm building here at the Royal Albert Hall. The premier was attended by Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Prince Charles and his wife, among other celebrities and musicians. Just an average day in London!

Not many prospective students think about it, but look into the study abroad programs of the schools you are thinking of applying to. Make sure they have an option to study abroad for at least one or two programs you might be interested in. If you want to check out all of BU’s programs, go to www.bu.edu/abroad. Fair warning, you might be a bit overwhelmed with all the options!

Monday
January 30

London Calling: A PR major’s adventures across the pond

By Stacey Milton

Welcome to our first installment of a series on studying abroad. Through this week and next we will be introducing you to several BU students who studied overseas last semester, as well as showcasing some interesting and unique study abroad opportunities available here at Boston University.

Cheers! My name is Hannah, and I am a junior in BU’s College of Communication, majoring in Public Relations, with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies.

Enjoying high tea in London

Enjoying high tea in London

Many of you reading this are contemplating a pretty important transition: the move from high school to college. This past September I made a big move myself, from Boston, Massachusetts, to London, England. I spent the past Fall semester studying, exploring, and interning in one of the most metropolitan, international cities in the world.

With roommate Tara, and some classic phonebooths

With roommate Tara, and some classic phonebooths

Spending a semester in London was an amazing opportunity! Field trips took on a whole new meaning when my entire history class went to the center of London to walk in the steps of the suffragettes who campaigned for women’s right to vote outside of Parliament. My Literature of Shakespeare class took advantage of our phenomenal location and visited the Globe Theater for an acting workshop.

With friends Steph (CAS'12) and Jessica overlooking the Thames

With friends Steph (CAS'12) and Jessica overlooking the Thames

One of the best parts of my semester abroad, and one of the main reasons I chose to study in London, was the opportunity to intern at a public relations agency. For the last two thirds of the semester I spent four days a week working at one of the largest PR agencies in the world: Weber Shandwick. Through this experience I learned a few things. First, English people do actually drink a lot of tea, and often make tea for each other as a gesture of kindness. I also learned that they swear a lot more than American’s (the accents might sound posh — but English people can also be incredibly crude!).

Taking in the view in Florence, Italy

Taking in the view in Florence, Italy

Beyond my anthropological observations regarding the English people, I learned a lot about my chosen profession – public relations. I was given real work to do as an intern in the the branded content division, pursuing different opportunities that brought brands and films or TV shows together. Part of my job was even watching the TV shows (on fast forward) to monitor how often our client’s products were featured on screen. I also had the chance to write a business proposal which was sent to various major corporations, asking them to consider sponsoring the production of a feature film.

Molly (COM'12) and I in Dublin, Ireland

Molly (COM'12) and I in Dublin, Ireland

My semester in London wasn’t solely spent behind a desk. A typical weekend meant heading to one of London’s numerous markets to shop followed by a cheap curry lunch and a trip to a museum (many of the museum’s in London are free!), and later enjoying a pint of cider in a local pub. Although, I’d say it’s hard to call any weekend abroad “typical.” More often than not you could find me grabbing a plane to Barcelona, Dublin, or Brussels — just a few of the cities I had a chance to visit! I’ve relaxed in the thermal baths of Budapest and eaten pizza in the center of Rome. I’ve visited DaVinci’s Mona Lisa in Paris and Picasso’s Guernica in Madrid. Traveling in Europe exposed me to so many different places, people, and cultures, and I tried my best to to take full advantage of the small window of time overseas.

Visiting the Louvre with Dani (CFA'13) while in Paris

Visiting the Louvre with Dani (CFA'13) while in Paris

My semester in London was one of the most challenging, rewarding, and enriching periods of my life. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to pursue some of the things I love doing, which I now know to be traveling as well as working within the PR industry. While BU may be my home away from home I think London will have a soft spot in my heart from now on as well.

Hannah_ParisHannah is a Junior in the College of Communication majoring in public relations and minoring in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Originally from Ambler, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia), Hannah is involved with the Community Service Center and the Public Relations Student Society of America. She’s also a huge fan of brunch and most trashy television shows. Feel free to email her with any questions at hfree13@bu.edu. If you want to learn more about Hannah’s experiences abroad, check out her blog, where she chronicled her entire semester.