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…

Sichuan- A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Gurdhit Singh Panesar

Sichuan is heaven on earth. Enter the gates of heaven and you are seduced by the beautiful dancing aroma of slow-burning garlic and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Strange it may be that such a fiery cuisine is akin to heaven, but beneath the bubbling rivers of red-hot chili oil exists a culinary experience that’s so delicious it’s…

“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…

Favourite things about London – Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

Meet Gilman Scholar Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez. Elizabeth is studying at QMUL under the Gilman Scholarship Programme and is blogging along the way!  You can also follow Elizabeth’s blogging journey on the Gilman Global Experience Blog. Find out more about the Gilman Scholarship Programme here and thanks to Gilman for sharing this content!