It all happened so fast! There was no time to think.
I arrived in London on a sunny day as a study abroad student keen to make the most of my time at UAL. I quickly had to juggle between adjusting to attending an art history course in a foreign country and wandering through various galleries in the little time I had.
Not willing to miss out on anything, by night I was rushing off to the various music events with my new English-speaking friends – packing in as much as it was humanly possible to achieve. It was an immense and unforgettable experience!
I especially remember tasting hot chocolate in a new way (Dark Sugars Chocolate Shop has the best), and browsing various marketplaces - Brick Lane is particularly worth checking out!
In one moment I was a proper Londoner and then, just like that, it was all over – I was on a plane headed to Berlin, Germany.
My time in Berlin was brief and mostly exhausting, but it was my opportunity to take advantage of more styles of architecture and finally be in the country that fostered the Bauhaus ideas. If you visit, ensure you indulge in as much currywurst and beer as I did.
I closed my eyes and opened them to find myself back in England, well, that’s how it felt. Only this time I was on a train headed to Petersfield for a weekend in the countryside. I was graciously welcomed by one of my friends’ families, and spent the weekend riding bikes, picking berries and walking through cold creek waters.
There’s something nostalgic about the countryside, especially when standing on top of a grassy hill in a memorable place – Dover, England. Here, I found a landscape that I will always cherish – I wanted to sit on those white cliffs for hours and just let my mind be consumed by the waves below.
In just a month, I was able to experience more than I had in a year back in the US. It was a truly memorable period which I would highly recommend for anyone looking to study abroad.
Tara Kursinsky is a Columbus College of Art & Design study abroad student attending the autumn 2017 semester at UAL.