Blogs from Abroad: Five Hours East (Cheerio!)

Tower Bridge, on a typically gloomy London day

It all started on a plane, miles above the Atlantic Ocean….

Kidding. In reality, my study-abroad journey started months before then, when an academic advisor informed me that I was able to go to London and still graduate early. After months of working on an application, attempting to get my funds in order, and constantly debating whether or not I should actually go, I left my home in small-town Maryland and started my trip to one of the biggest cities in the world.

So far, I haven’t been able to experience much of the city, other than the awesome views from a boat tour I went on. It’s been about a week, and mostly what I’ve been doing is getting lost. Attempting my first walk through Hyde Park at night was definitely not my best idea. It involved lots of spider webs and paranoia about random people walking by. Attempting to walk home from Primark that same night without a map was also not my best idea. I ended up with blisters on my feet and a sore back from carrying my bags.

Despite the fact that I haven’t been able to do too much in this first week, I’ve definitely gotten a taste of what the next four months will hold. There is so much culture here that I never got to experience back home in Maryland, or even at school in Boston. There are different customs, attitudes, and food, and I can’t wait to see it all.

Even the architecture is different here.

Exploring the city of London and its surrounding areas isn’t the only thing I’m excited about. I have the opportunity to take part in the professional world, which I’ve never done before. I was lucky enough to enroll in the internship program here, and I couldn’t be more excited to start my journey in the advertising industry.

I’ll also have to be more independent than I have thus far. Between cooking my own meals and doing my daily chores without being able to call my mom, I’ll (hopefully) be able to grow as a person and develop the skills I need to survive as an adult.

I’m excited to start documenting my journeys here in England, and I thank you for tagging along. Whether you’re someone I know and are following my blog for updates (hi, Dad), or you just stumbled across this page somehow, I hope you enjoy hearing about my experiences as much as I enjoy experiencing them.



Parker Sikes, Study Abroad Correspondent

Parker Sikes is a senior at Boston University spending her last semester in London. Studying advertising has revealed her passion for design and nurtured her passion for writing. As a small-town girl who prefers the city, she intends to move to Los Angeles, California after graduating to jump start her career. Parker’s favorite activities include driving, playing her Nintendo DS, reading, and using Oxford commas.


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