It’s hard to believe I’ve started the last full month of my second year at Allegheny. I’ll have completed half of my undergraduate education this May and I won’t be returning to campus as a full time student for another year and a half. This seems to me like an appropriate time to reflect on my choice to go abroad, and the steps I took to make it a reality.
I first heard about the opportunity to spend a year abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science (known as LSE for short) last spring. A friend from one of my classes introduced me to their “General Course” program. Since then, I researched and subsequently fell in love with the school and program. LSE is one of the top schools for social sciences, so it attracts political and economic leaders to campus from around the world. As a political science major, this was very exciting news. I look forward to attending many of the lectures given by guest speakers to the university. Besides academics, the central London location was a pretty nice plus.
I was finally accepted by LSE mid-January after months of preparation, and I had completed my last Allegheny pre-departure meeting by the end of March. I’d learned a lot thanks to this process, and each part was integral to what I hope is a successful year abroad.
Just a couple weeks ago, I received LSE’s “Offer Pack” which details the course and fully explains what to expect. I also should hear about my housing soon. It’s all quickly picking up from here and I’m thrilled I’ll get to share my journey. While the thought can make me nervous at times, I’m excited to expand my horizons. I look forward to trying new food, meeting new friends, finding new spaces, and learning about Political Science in a completely different environment.
As my journey progresses, I’ll post updates here. Also, as a girl who loves photography, expect many photos of my experiences. Please comment or share this blog as you see fit, I’d love to make this a conversation. I may be the first Allegheny student to go to LSE’s General Course, but I’m excited to bring a little bit of Meadville with me.