Hannah Baughman is a CISabroad student studying in London this semester and hails from Emporia State University in Kansas. Read on as she describes one of the most exciting weeks she had at her host university.
It is now November here at the University of Roehampton. I couldn’t be more overjoyed with my decision to study abroad as well as my decision to choose the university that I have chosen. I thought I would spend this time informing my friends and family about a week that I was able to participate in with my university and the experiences I had during this time.
I love many things about the University of Roehampton, but one thing that I especially enjoy is the fact that they have so much school spirit. This is a collegiate campus, and it is one of the few of their kind in London, so that means all of the departments are broken up in to different colleges. Because I am a study abroad student, I was able to choose modules from multiple courses instead of just one. I live in Southlands College (Go Sharks!), which is the school for language and business. I have felt extremely welcomed by the other members of this college, and I have made a lot of friends from my building. It is one of the reasons I am so happy here at the University of Roehampton.
Now on to the real reason for this post: “Freshers Week.” Over the summer I was sent an email about Freshers Week, and I thought to myself, “No. This isn’t something I would enjoy or want to do. I would feel really uncomfortable.” However, I heard from multiple people that I should buy a Freshers pass, so I decided to do it. This was one of the best decisions I made, and I will tell you that I was kept busy almost all of the time. My favorite day of Freshers Week was when we were bussed to Thorpe Park. Thorpe Park is an amusement park, and it was closed down for the evening so the students from my university could enjoy everything the park had to offer. I got to ride on a bunch of different rollercoasters with barely any line! It was great.
I think the other part of Freshers Week that I enjoyed so much was how many people I met. Most of the people there were new or international, so pretty much everyone was on their own at the beginning of the week. This week gave me a chance to bond with my flat mates and bond with the other students from my university. If anybody is thinking about studying abroad in the fall semester, please GO TO FRESHERS WEEK!
Till next time,