Current Location: London, UK
I’ve been in London for more than six weeks now but honestly it feels like so much longer. I’ve finally settled into a life rhythm – classes, commuting, cooking, making friends, taking time to sightsee/do touristy things, working out, etc. Overall though, I’m incredibly happy. I can unequivocally say this is the happiest I’ve been in my whole life. I miss my friends and family back in the States, but I truly feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be right now.
Now that I’m settled, I’m going to try to start posting more often. I’m also trying to reconnect with my friends and family at home more often. As a quick entry back into writing, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and answer the questions that I get asked the most often. More on London and sustainability coming soon!
How are you?
Fantastic! Thank you for asking!
How are classes?
Amazing. Super hard, but in a good way. I love all of my courses; I definitely picked the right degree because I never have to force myself to study. I’m super engaged in all of the material and I’m never bored. The professors at LSE are really brilliant and engaging and passionate — exactly what you want in a professor.
Do you like the people in your program(me)?
Yes! It is so cool to be with people who have exactly the same interests/passions as you. It is definitely not an echo chamber though; we have really interesting and heated discussions all of the time. There is a real diversity of opinions and backgrounds, even though we all care about the same things.
How do you like London?
What’s not to love?! London is by far my favorite city I’ve ever lived in (sorry Prov). There is so much happening all the time, the only challenge is that I want to be in 17 places at once!
Do you miss swimming?
Yes and no. I miss being a part of a team and I miss my teammates, but I’m actually quite happy not to be swimming right now. I go to a very hippy dippy yoga studio a couple times a week; it’s nice not to be exhausted and in pain all of the time, and not to have my life revolve around working out.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
I’m not closing off any options at this point. Of course I want to do something related to environmental policy/climate change/development, but there are many entry points and I’m still exploring what my options are.
Are you coming back to the US?