Allison Knapp - 2014 Program Participant

Why did you decide to study abroad? 

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.

On site of the filming of Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans...this is for you!

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.

Red telephone booth in London, England

Classic telephone booth in London

What was your favorite part about London? 

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.

What is one thing that surprised you about London?

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. 

What makes CAPA’s program in London so unique? 

CAPA gives students so many opportunities to really explore and get to know London, and bring its students together.

Neils Yard, London, England

Neil’s Yard - you HAVE to go!

How supportive were local staff members during your study abroad program? 

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.

What's one thing you wish you would have done differently? 

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.

What did a typical day entail for you in London?

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.

What did you like to do on your free time? 

I loved exploring the Camden market! Even though I lived in Camden, there is so much more I wish I saw.

What are some things students in London cannot miss seeing?

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. 

Full English breakfast

Missing the full English breakfast!

Did you feel that London was expensive?

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).

What was your accommodation like?

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!

How has studying abroad in London impacted your life at home? 

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.

Graffiti in London, England

In front of the Imperial War Museum - and loved it

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.

If you could go abroad again, where would you go?

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!