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Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 1

Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 1

Featured image: View of the river taken from the Tate Modern I’ll let you in on a little secret. While seemingly everyone else was head over heels in love with the prospect of studying in a new city, I… wasn’t. I felt guilty, like I didn’t deserve to go abroad if I wasn’t positively over the moon about the privilege of embarking on this fantastical journey. It had nothing to do with where I was going—because I’d known for years…

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Matt Stein | London, England | Post 4

Matt Stein | London, England | Post 4

Election night hurt. I’m sorry that that’s the first thing I’m writing about, but it’s consuming the world I live in, both here in London and back home. Because of the time differences, it wasn’t until 5 a.m. that I fully knew the results. I pulled an all-nighter because originally I’d anticipated celebrating Clinton’s win, only to slowly watch it whither away in a tumult of fear and dread. Being a straight white male, there’s little I have to be afraid…

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Matt Stein | London, England | Post 3

Matt Stein | London, England | Post 3

As the end of October dawns upon us, London is heading into the Halloween festive mood. While certainly not as monumental a holiday here as it is in the U.S., several pop-up shops have appeared in London, and the baristas are making foam designs of spider webs instead of leaves and hearts. Strangely enough, there’s already been talk about Christmas two months in advance. Just last Saturday, I was in Harrod’s in Kensington, one of the largest department stores in…

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Matt Stein | London, England | Post 2

Matt Stein | London, England | Post 2

I’ve almost been in Jolly old England for a month and yet it feels like an eternity. That’s the thing about big cities. You spend a week or so in one and then consider yourself a native. For various obvious reasons, I’m not quite a Londoner, and one of those is this American accent that seems to follow me everywhere. In nearly every conversation I have at a café or a tube station, it takes the other person a few…

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Matt Stein | London, England | Post 1

Matt Stein | London, England | Post 1

As I write this, my legs feel dead and I’m emotionally exhausted. Barely a week into my semester long acting program in London, I’ve already played the seven deadly sins with differing voices, imagined I was a raindrop against a windowpane and spoken my feelings to a coconut about a pomegranate I liked. Welcome to the theatre world. Since last Monday, I’ve been attending countless acting classes at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London, and I will be…

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Alexa Jordan | London, England | Post 5

Alexa Jordan | London, England | Post 5

As I write this final entry, the day after my program ended,  I’m curled up on a couch in a lounge at London Heathrow Airport—my new favorite airport—trying to wrap my head around how quickly these last three months flew by.  So let me fill you in on the happenings of my final weeks here before I talk about all my musings and feelings and lessons I’ve learned and things I wish I’d known, etc. In my last few weeks…

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Elizabeth Dean | London, England | Post 6

Elizabeth Dean | London, England | Post 6

As my time in the UK comes to a close, it’s time for me to reflect on my time here. In fact, as part of the Vassar in London program, I have to work on an independent project that reflects on some aspect of my time abroad and uses London as an inspiration. For my project, I’ve decided to study writers’ houses in the greater London area, as well as other site of literary legacies—libraries, museum exhibits, etc. I’m fortunate…

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Alexa Jordan | London, England | Post 4

Alexa Jordan | London, England | Post 4

Hi! So this entry is almost entirely photos, because I have so many that I wanted to share. But I DO have some last musings and revelations coming up in my next blog—the last! A very big special thank you to Kelsey for letting me add one more! Blogging this incredible, incredible experience has added so much to my time here and I’ve loved being able to reflect on it along the way like this. Happy Spring!

Elizabeth Dean | London, England | Post 5

Elizabeth Dean | London, England | Post 5

Hi, Vassar! I hope you’re all enjoying settling into spring break for a well-deserved midterms reward. Up until now I’ve mostly blogged about my international travels from my study abroad experience in London, but now I want to spend some time telling all y’all about how much I love living in the city! For variety’s sake, here’s a “listicle” about my favorite parts of living in London. 1. How easy it is to access culture! In London, the transit is…

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Alexa Jordan | London, England | Post 3

Alexa Jordan | London, England | Post 3

A list of things I’ve done since my last blog, i.e., since I got back from Paris: I saw a completely improvised musical. I visited Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford upon Avon. There, I saw the first preview of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dr. Faustus, two of the best plays I’ve ever seen. I turned 21! For my birthday, I saw Wicked and had a fabulous dinner with some friends from my program here. I hit the halfway mark—and then some—for…

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