Hello Wildcats! My name is Samantha Friedman, and I’m a Junior Political Science major who is currently studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for a year. First off, let me just say what a surreal experience it is for me to be writing for UNHTales from another country! Modern technology never ceases to amaze me. While it’s sad to be away from UNH, I have already had so many adventures over here in London that I can’t wait to share with you all!
So in case you haven’t read my previous blogs, I will give you a little insight as to how I ended up here. Confession: I wasn’t really planning on studying abroad. I applied to LSE on a whim, hoping to get in but assuming I wouldn’t. As fate would have it, I did get in, and I simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to study at one of the best social science institutions in the world in one of the greatest cities in the world. This is my first time overseas as well, unless you count visiting the UK at EPCOT (wish I guess doesn’t count…)
I am living in the Holborn area of London, which is essentially ten minutes from LSE, SoHo, Covent Garden, and the Oxford Street shopping area. I seriously lucked out on this location! I live in a “flat” with four other people, but we each have our own rooms. There is a mix of other General Course students (a fancy way of saying study abroad), regular undergraduates, and postgraduates in our building. London is such a diverse city, which LSE definitely reflects!
Since I arrived, I have been to the theatre to see The Woman in Black (terrifying!), had lunch at Borough Market (yum!), and took a boat cruise on the River Thames. I also hit up all the classic tourist attractions, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. I basically haven’t stopped walking in a week! And no, I have not met the Queen… yet! (fingers crossed)
Whoever said London doesn’t have good food is lying. Even as a vegetarian, I’ve been able to find delicious food everywhere. UNH Dining’s amazing selection has set the bar pretty high, and while I have yet to find chocolate peanut butter pancakes, London is definitely rising to the occasion. From gelato to quiche to stir fry, there is everything you could ever want (and you feel good about eating it because you walk everywhere).
As I said earlier, I wasn’t really planning on studying abroad. Now that I’m here, I love every minute of it! If anyone reading this is contemplating applying to a study abroad program, DO IT!! It’s challenging and exciting, and you will have major ups and downs, but from the moment you step off the plane, it’s all worth it. If you’re not studying abroad, no worries, continue to read my blog and grab an extra freshly baked cookie for me. Please?