The Changing of the Seasons

In the past couple of weeks, change has been blowin’ in the wind. By that I mean the wind is no longer blisteringly cold, and has become somewhat pleasant. As winter moves into spring, the Swedish population has begun to appear from their homes after many months in what seemed like hibernation. Having never experienced…

Discussing Race and Identity – Rachel Godfrey

In my experience, I have experienced similar difficulties with microaggressions, also known as “casual racism” in London, Like the United States, the UK has its own set of racial tensions that inhabit college campuses and the greater London community. In the conversations that I have had with other students of color, similar sentiments about the development of…

March – Shola Lee

I’ve finished my second year of QM now and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Well, technically I haven’t finished but I don’t have to come back to campus for classes any more- so in my mind that means I have finished; even though I still have three assignments to go… It’s sad…

A day in the life of a student in Sweden – Kyran Penny

I spent a while thinking about what to write for this blog post, and the only thing that came to my head was something a little depressing. So I read through my previous posts and realised I had never written about what an average day in Uppsala consists of. Bearing in mind that I spend…

Budget before you study abroad – Deryn Susman

Alright kiddies, time for some serious life advice: Budget before you study abroad. Budget before you study abroad. BUDGET BEFORE YOU STUDY ABROAD! I have always sucked at budgeting, mostly because I have always been lucky enough to not need to worry about it. I had a paying job from the time I was 13,…

Jewish Culture in London – Tessa Reading

While there are plenty of stories of Christian students going abroad and strengthening their faith, there are not nearly so many about Jewish students. It was partially this lack of Jewish narratives and partially my strong connection with the Hillel house on my home campus which motivated me to write specifically for Jewish study abroad…

Food Visuals in Manchester – Annabel Shi Min Pang

From the previous post, it is no secret that I am a big fan of food. During the weekend, I left for Manchester with my buddy in search for more tantalizing, mouth-watering experiences. Although the city has a rich industrial heritage, this has not dulled their culinary sense in any way. Neither did the bloody…

Can I do solo travel if I have anxiety? – Deryn Susman

Last autumn, I almost decided against studying abroad in London; I thought it was too expensive, I wouldn’t be able to work, I didn’t want to leave my boyfriend and friends, I wasn’t sure if it would affect my track to graduation. Quite simply, I was scared. Then my boyfriend asked me the most perfect…

Coming Out: The Abroad Edition – Rachel Godfrey

I have always felt uncomfortable about the phrase “coming out” because of the inherent implication about there being a “normal” or “standard” sexuality, while others are regarded as “other” or “strange.” This past summer, I had to wrestle with this concept. I spent a lot of time thinking about my own sexuality. After many conversations…

Snow Day – Shola Lee

I would usually write a post about how I’m getting on with lectures and workload at this point in the semester. However, I, like everyone else I know, have been completed distracted by the snow. To be blatantly honest, I’m not sure why I chose now to write about the snow; it was snowing for…

Summer in the City – Chloe Ratcliffe

When I moved to London in 2014, I was alone with a suitcase and a duvet. By the time I reached the end of the summer term, I was still alone with a suitcase and a duvet. This wasn’t because I hadn’t made any friends, it was because they’d all gleefully abandoned me to travel…

BREXIT – Kyran Penny

Contrary to the title of this post, I won’t try to get into an extensive political discussion about the UK’s decision to leave EU. Rather, I want to address something which has become more apparent as my time abroad has progressed. When one moves to a different country, especially to a university with many other…

Chinese New Year Celebrations – Annabel Shi Min Pang

Friday, 16th February 2018 Chinese New Year Celebrations Today marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year and as per tradition, it is a day to be spent with family and friends. After our simple reunion dinner (picture below) and 守岁 (shou sui: staying up late to increase longevity of our parents) the…

Semester Two – Kyran Penny

And just like that, first semester was gone. Four amazing months with amazing people in amazing places. I remember the first time I woke up in Sweden thinking to myself ‘what on earth have you gotten yourself into?’ I didn’t know anybody, I didn’t (and still don’t) speak the language and I certainly didn’t feel…

Being Black and Muslim in London – Rachel Godfrey

Studying in a foreign environment, as exciting as it is, can be a little daunting. For students who identify as members of marginalized groups, transitioning can be even more difficult. As I was preparing to study abroad, I remember hearing that only 5% of Black students travelled abroad, and I found this statistic to be…

What’s It Like Being Queer in London? – Tessa Reading

What is the experience of being queer abroad like? It’s about understanding the nuances of your sexual identity and finding a community for yourself. This is what I learned from my friend Julianna, a junior from Wesleyan University studying at Queen Mary, University of London. In the busy coffee shop on Queen Mary’s campus we…

The Holidays in Manhattan – Shola Lee

The island, to many, is split into three parts: uptown, midtown, and downtown. This isn’t a geographical separation, there aren’t strict borders and the only sign of change between each place is the decreasing numbers on the subway down to South Ferry. However, there is a separation in the atmosphere, one which becomes heightened during…

A semester abroad from studies abroad – Natasha Peters

“I have lived and studied abroad almost my entire life, yet going to Hong Kong was a new adventure for me” When I left London to start my exchange semester in Hong Kong I had no idea that it would so quickly become my favourite place in the world, nor that it would be so…

Small Town Girl Takes Over The Big City [Part 3]

Lights up. A hit to the face from my right. Attempt to escape. No -a hit from the left- I fall to the ground. Attempt to get up but they’ve zoned in on me. One last hit and I’m on the ground…  And scene.  That was my second Broadway debut as an alien in a Western space musical, ‘Written in the…

Studying abroad as a STEM Major – Miriam Jaffe

So you want to study abroad as a STEM major… awesome! I myself was a STEM major (human biology, not too sciency but I’m still under that umbrella), and study abroad was 100% possible with my major, AND my minor (which is theatre, so not applicable to this post, but still). While at Queen Mary,…

Blog 4 – Jaz Manville

Columbia Gay Street Club Cumming Our wobbly stove Harlem brownstones Milkshakes from Tom’s Washington Square Park 4am grilled cheese from JJ’s Skylines – all of them – always Broadway theatre seating plans Being confused by cheerleaders Fayeweather’s juddering elevator Sliding across plastic subway seats Teaching my roommate to cook pasta The wind tunnel along the…

Goodbyes – Kyran Penny

I went to the pub the other day with a few friends of mine, two of whom are spending the year out here in Sweden like me, and one who unfortunately is not. Jack, Joe and I spent a good chunk of our evening discussing how strange it will be returning here in January with…

Winter is Coming – Kyran Penny

Within the first few minutes of speaking to my new flatmates in August, they all had the same question: how cold does it get in the UK? Slightly taken aback by their direct approach, I took a moment to think of my answer, coming up with the rough estimate of ‘it usually hovers around five…

A Love Letter to the East End – Rachel Godfrey

Online research about the East End would have you thinking that the most significant part about it was Jack the Ripper. However, London’s EastEnders and those such as myself who have had the opportunity to live here would most certainly disagree. As I prepare to leave my home of the last three months, I am…

Fall – Jaz Manville

I fall Caryl Churchill is too good at this. I no longer have to imagine the bullet that shatters the back of my skull at Sound Queue 7, by performance three I have to imagine the Starbucks upstairs to remind myself that the unseen gun is disarmed and my fall is chosen. Enacting death. ‘Heart’s…

Friendsgiving – Shola Lee

Thanksgiving. A yearly holiday celebrated across America. Many of my friends went home to their families; my surrogate family and I, however, decided to stay in the city for Friendsgiving. Family traditions are an inherent part of Turkey-Day festivities and ours was no exception. My Thanksgiving Day fittingly commenced with a considerable amount of food;…

Small Town Girl Takes Over The Big City [Part 2] – October

  Breathe in…2…3…4…hold…2…3….Exhale…2…3…4… Hold on, I’m just… 2… 3…4… Meditating… 2… 3… 4… Oh boy, it started a month and a bit in and now I’ve turned into some pretentious artist. I’m so far up in the clouds I turn to meditation to ground me. Not very convinced by that statement? Fine. It must be…

Travelling – Kyran Penny

I am a very lucky person. Everything I have achieved, everywhere I have been and all the opportunities that have come my way are all the result of the hard work of my parents. I could not have asked for anything more from them. One thing which I credit them for however, is their insistence…

Homecoming – Shola Lee

In America, Homecoming is a commonality, a rite of passage that occurs in early autumn and welcomes back alumni and current students to their respective schools. True to its name, the event is a celebration of returning: to your school, to your dorm, to your friends that you parted from during the summer. While the…

Broadway – Jaz Manville

A queue stretches along the carriage hardened pathway that curls from Mother Goose to Samuel F B Morse. The drizzle reminds me of home but does little to dampen the expectant crowd’s enthusiasm. Organisers almost skip along the line collecting waves, quotes and cheers. Eventually, the queue begins to move forward – this is the…

For the Student Activist abroad – Rachel Godfrey

By January of my sophomore year, I was feeling emotionally and physically drained. It was almost as if all of the energy I had mustered over a lifetime had been sucked out of me by my academic and social situations, as well the political climate. I had been working over twenty hours a week, spending…

Small Town Girl Takes Over the Big City [Part 2] – September

New York. Showtime. Bright Lights. Spinning. Times Square. And the smell of pie tickles my senses… wait, what!? Pie? You bet, my very first Broadway show and the auditorium smells of pie. I’m at the matinee viewing of ‘Waitress’. A new modern, flashy and female empowering musical. And then –flip the switch- I find myself…

Things I miss about London – Miriam Jaffe

I left London mid-June, and every day since then has been a constant reminder that I’m not there. I’m in my final semester of university right now, and I can honestly say that I always come back to the fact that I want to be back in London. I miss it. I miss the bustle…

5 Budgeting Musts for Your First Week in London

London is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world, and coming abroad for the first time can leave you feeling major sticker shock! Especially because the pound to dollar exchange rate is only £0.75 for $1. The best option is to come with a few pounds already in your pocket and…

Expectation vs Reality -Kyran Penny

Sweden was not my first choice destination to spend my year abroad. Prior to receiving my offer to come to Uppsala University, I was adamant that I would be studying in Berlin, despite the few places on offer and the high competition for those places. Having already visited Germany and Berlin, as well as lived…

A (Wednes)day in the life at Scripps

Hello again! When I wrote about readjusting to life at Scripps, I promised to write something about what one of my typical days may look like, and as promised, here it is! My days vary in busyness, but Wednesdays are my busiest, and most varied days class-wise. I feel like walking around the campus here…

A new normal – Jasmina Manville

This is repetition, a new normal, and I love it. Each revolution persuades me, certain as a clock, that I am at home here.  At the airport, constantly checking my back pocket for my passport is second nature. In the yellow taxi from JFK into the city, my eyes swivel from window to window, obsessed…

Studying Abroad at University of Texas – Danial Naqvi

My name is Danial Naqvi and I should be a second-year Human Geography student at QMUL. I say that ‘I should be’, because although for all intents and purposes, I am; I’m currently sitting in the United States of America, in Austin, Texas to be precise. Why? I’m on a study abroad semester at the…

Small Town Girl Takes Over The Big City [Part 2]

Small Town Girl Takes Over The Big City Part 2.[1] Brunette. Svelte. 5’4. And we’ll keep it at that. For now, all that’s important to know is that I’m embarking on this amazing new journey. A journey that I’d like to take you on as I conquer the Big Apple. I’m an idealist and the…

Learning – Kyran Penny

It’s easy to forget sometimes that I am here to study. The social side to university is always great fun no matter where you are and I know that when this year is over, most of my fondest memories will be of the times outside the classroom. However, one of the main reasons why I…

Lanterns and Lightening Bugs – Shola Lee

Once a year Morningside Park and Columbia’s campus is illuminated by a procession of handcrafted lanterns. The tradition is five years old and offers a quiet, phosphorescent oasis amidst busy city life. Morningside Lights has been running for six years, each annual event bearing a different theme but pertaining a communal spirit that, like the…

Moving and Settling- Kyran Penny

Waking up for the first time in a new country and realising that you’re going to be there for the next nine months conjures a strange mix of emotions. Excitement, confusion and nervousness immediately springs to mind. My flight out to Sweden was at 5:40am on 18th August. I was accompanied by my parents, who…

Semester Recap – Elizabeth in England

Elizabeth has been studying at QMUL on the Gilman Scholarship Programme and is from University of Pennsylvania. You can find out more about the Gilman Scholarship Programme for study abroad here. Watch more of Elizabeth’s videos!

American College Life Revisited – Miriam Jaffe

I recently started school up again at my home institute of Scripps College for my senior year (exciting, yes, but also terrifying). I was welcomed back with continuous blazing heat (I’m convinced part of me permanently melted off in my first week), but also with many, many warm embraces. I thought it would be weird…

Arriving in New York – Shola Lee

I spent all summer wondering what life would be like in New York; the city is so infamous that before you arrive there’s an innate sense of familiarity. I researched: restaurants, museums and societies, I wanted to see and do everything. During the months leading up to my arrival I had concocted this romanticised version…

Staying in Touch with Abroad Friends – Carly Noah

  It seems like almost an entire eternity ago when I left Queen Mary, rolling my oversized suitcase out of the blue gates for the final time, waving goodbye to the campus I came to call home for a semester. Along with leaving London, my flatmates, and so many of my favorite places within the…

Defining Home – Miriam Jaffe

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, home is a noun, and defined as “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.“ It implies permanent residence, and yet, it’s not always used in relation to total, permanent residence. Within a couple of months of being in London, I was…

“Studying” Abroad

  I received a final copy of my transcript from Queen Mary this week, which prompted a bit of reflection of my academic time abroad. While it is very common for the emphasis on a semester abroad to be placed on travel, food and other priceless experiences, the time I spent in the classroom at…