The FIE’s Drexel London program also welcomes students from the University of Elon and the University of Florida. When I arrived in London, I thought I would only really interact with Drexel’s small group of students, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I lived on one floor with the three universities.
While the initial 10-day quarantine was claustrophobic and frustrating, I’m incredibly grateful that I had this time for the floor to tighten in the common room. This allowed us to get to know each other before the Drexel students started class and the others started their internship program.
Although our weekdays were separate, we spent most of our free time in an inter-college group. And I met some amazing people in the schools on the east coast.
Due to Drexel’s unusual neighborhood system, we are staying in London until the end of August, but students from other schools have returned home this week. It was very sad to say goodbye to our friends. And it was very strange without them.
There were 11 of us on the floor when we all got to London, and we’re down to 6. It’s exceptionally quiet. I still leave my door ajar for my friend UF Chuck, who would come and sit on the floor in my room.
When they all left that weekend it was like we had to come home too. When Chuck and Wylie got back to their rooms early Saturday night to pack their bags, I had the instinct to go pack my bags too. So weird to have two extra weeks without them, it feels like a different trip!
The other Drexel fans are all sad to see them go, but I’m happy to have the extra time here. I got used to living in upscale South Kensington, with incredibly easy public transport and food.
I miss my house, my family, my friends and my dog terribly, but I don’t want to leave. I told my dad, and he said something that I thought was important to share. He said wanna go home and wanting to stay meant I was happy in both places.
I’m writing this as if I don’t have two weeks left, but I’m afraid those two weeks will go by quickly, because the whole summer has passed.
I am incredibly grateful for the experience and the friends I have made here. And we’re planning a meeting in the US for the fall, which I can’t wait for.
A message from the Office of Global Engagement:
The safety and security of Drexel students is a priority for the University. As part of efforts to support Drexel students studying abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Global Engagement conducted a rigorous review of the programming and provided additional support to participating students. with personalized pre-departure orientations and regular check-ins. during the required self-isolation period and term.