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…