I can’t imagine how different the world was 10 years ago. Studying abroad would be a completely different experience. I would be living and working in London without email, a cell phone, or even this blog. My travel agent would not be available in my apartment at 3 a.m. Postcards would serve more than novelty and who knows what kind of international news I would be reading. And of course… the social network.
It’s really coming together. I’ve been assigned to a pretty nice apartment building in West Central London. Over summer my friend Lauren did the same program and live in the same flat! It’s set up with a kitchen, common area, a triple bedroom, and a a double. My roomie goes to Davidson, I’m glad it’s not someone from IU. I’m living with all Americans and thus far all of my classes are at the American Univ. Cross your fingers that there are course openings at City– my affiliate British University.
Tonight, Kasia, arrived from her London semester and has been giving me the dish. 21 days till London. 2 days till 21. I’m glad I’ll be in the Americas for it.
Naturally, I have about 3 million questions. I was hoping to score a few copies of House Magazine before I leave to purge the anticipation. We’re instructed to send all questions through our adviser and not directly. I’m finding that if the answers to my questions aren’t online, I’ll just have to wait 38 days or so to find out.
Fun fact: House Mag is independent of The British Parliament; I’m pleased about this. However, that will make it either easier or more difficult to hang with TBlair.
Less fun fact: I am not officially their intern till I complete and pass the interview process. This will take place during my first week abroad.
I’ll be scheduling classes and work around the same time to make a good fit. l work 24 hours a week at the mag: 3 full working days. They told us we will be pretty busy with the internship and classes. For someone who has offered their soul and first born to the IDS newspaper, I will have a wonderful wealth of time in London! Thanks IU Student Media, I love you!
The London Countdown:
Fifty days seems like a long time… I assure you it’s not! The timing is perfect really. As much as I love Bloomington, I couldn’t be more ready to go abroad.
From January to April I will be living, studying, playing, and interning in London. I am among the 3 non-business students coming from IU on this program. I will be housed with other students in the same program and relatively close to my office.
My internship is at the House Magazine (www.housemag.co.uk), the British Parliament’s weekly mag. However, it’s not official till I arrive in London and complete the interview process.
[Quoting Advisor’s Email]
Your coordinator said the following about your placement:
“My game plan here was to take all the elements gleaned from Nina’s application ie: Journalism & Political Science; Journalism & Design; Magazine design; News Magazine Visual Designer; Design & Politics – and have managed to combine her field work choices for both first and second choices listed on her application. , ie: (i) journalism & artistic skills (ii) work in the political field (plus some web-work) and she is to meet with the senior editors at the unique weekly publication for The Houses of Parliament, that deals with interviews and articles about senior government figures, policies, etc. etc. – The only magazine publication to be endorsed by your friend and mine – Tony Blair
“The House Magazine has become an important source of information and a great asset to Westminster life.” – Prime Minister Tony Blair, MP”
I mapped up my apartment, office, and University on Google Earth. I even found a nifty feature that marks all the underground tube stations. This is out of control. I’ve been doing research on technology, news, and the future for a class. I believe GoogleEarth will be part of the framework for a info-social-network-sharing-hub.
Nonetheless, I went on a pushpin binge and found marked branches of my bank, the US embassy, and so on. In my mapping haze, I found some home away from home comfort: 6 of my friends will be in Europe next semester, I’m friends with 2 IU kids in my program, and Ashley Dinges is booking a flight during her spring break. If you’re looking for a party in spring.. it’s across the Atlantic! 45 days and counting…