Allison is a junior human services major at the University of Delaware. She enjoys tea, travel, scrunchies, and abbreviating words.Interviewed on - 29 April 2015
Coming into college, I always knew that I wanted to study abroad for a semester. There would be no other time in my life that I would be able to travel Europe with my friends, with not too many obligations, for four months.
Why did you choose CAPA?
I chose CAPA because it was one of the programs offered through my school, the University of Delaware, to study abroad for the semester. I am awful at speaking other languages (besides beginner Spanish), so London was an ideal location. CAPA just made sense.
London was heaven in so many ways. Not only is there the beautiful Victorian style areas, like Kensington, where we could visit one of the several museums or stroll through Hyde park, but there are areas, like Camden, with trendy, colorful shops and people, delicious food, and a great night life. London literally has everything you could ever need in a city. I met one of my favorite artists, Christina Perri, saw the fabulous musical Once, and even attended the first ever BBC music awards (and saw Ed Sheeran perform in England..dream come true!). London has opportunities galore, and I miss it every single day.
The diversity in general, of people, of places, and activities. Not only were there so many different kinds of people with several cultural backgrounds located throughout London, but there was a variety in terms of the city itself. There are places like Kensington, classy, posh, and wealthy, and then Camden, lively, colorful, and loud. Additionally, the variety of museums, free events, and other activities surprised me as well.
CAPA gives students so many opportunities to really explore and get to know London, and bring its students together.
CAPA staff were amazing. Always answered our questions, always gave helpful tips, so kind and easy to talk to! I always made it a point to have conversations with the staff every day, hear their suggestions and learn about their experiences in London.
I wish that I got to know locals more, or even at all. I wish I had classes with British students and was able to form connections with them. That's the one thing I wish I did.
Buzz up, hang in the lounge for a few, check to see if I have mail, go to class, have lunch down the street or bring it back to the lounge, go to my second class, then back home.
I loved exploring the Camden market! Even though I lived in Camden, there is so much more I wish I saw.
Classic things, like the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Regents Park, etc; but also, I loved going to a debate in Westminster, Neils Yard, the markets, and of course, the awesome night life.
Honestly, yeah. I spent way too much money (not complaining about it, just a fact), but it was all worth it. There are definitely ways to save and make sure you use your money wisely. I wanted to make the most for my experience so I spent a lot on traveling, going to concerts or going out, and touring (in London, as well as during travel).
I was in a flat with three other UD students, in a building consisting of four floors, with about four flats per floor. I loved having a variety of students in my building to get to know. We lived right down the street from the tube station, and so close to the amazing market. Loved my experience!
I have become more aware of current events going on. I am more of an explorer. I am more willing to step outside of my comfort zone, and I have better time management.
CAPA has made me realize that I should always do what I believe in doing, and make my experience (no matter what it is) my own.
How has your time in London helped shape your plans for the future?
I have learned that I want to work with people and am interested in the communications field.
Spain! That is the one place I wish I got to visit while in Europe. Looks like so much fun with so much to do!