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Sharon

Sharon

Home Institution: Guilford College

Internship Site: Women’s Resource Centre

Program: D.C.-London Intern Abroad

Back in the ever-lovin' USA!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

After two weeks in Washington, D.C. to three months in London, I am finally home! Flying into Charlotte, NC was quite the adventure, but as soon as I landed, I was so excited to be back in the States! Honestly, it was a little difficult for me to transition back to my life here at home. The biggest challenge was jet-lag. It took me about a full week to recover from my jet-lag! I also got sick almost the next day, and I noticed that a lot of small things were bothering me. From the air quality to the water, I could feel differences in the environment.

It's time to go home!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My time is up in London. These past three months have flown by, and I had such a beautiful time exploring the city! As the final days passed, everyone was in a bittersweet place: we would be heading home to see our beloved families, but we would be leaving behind this new life we had begun in this majestic city. As our final night in London approached, the intern abroad crew decided to head to our local pub for a final dinner.

The Final Stretch

Friday, November 23, 2012

As the semester comes to an end for us London interns, it is clear that everyone is getting prepared to head back to the States. Everyone is running around buying their  souvenirs and if you're me, you're trying to figure out how you're going to pack everything without having to purchase a third suitcase. Between saying farewell to the people at our internship sites, packing to go home, and cherishing each last moment spent with our friends, everything has become pretty emotional around here.   Final Classes

Last Minute Opportunities!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My internship at the Women's Resource Centre has presented me with multiple opportunities over the semester. Whether it was by me accompanying the CEO of the organization to an event, or helping my supervisor with a difficult task, I have been given loads of responsibility and chances to further enrich my internship experience. On Wednesday, as I was working on a project for my boss, the CEO, Vivienne Hayes came into the office and approached my desk. She wanted me to accompany her to an event that was being hosted at Parliament, in the House of Lords.

Five Days Left...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What's up, folks? Everything is starting to really wind down over here in London. As we all prepare to head home in less than a week, we are busy with packing, finishing up at our internships, and saying goodbye to one another. It's such a bittersweet feeling to know that in a week, I won't be in my flat with my roommates, at my internship, or taking the same classes. But one thing's for sure: my time here was definitely well spent!   The Packing Process

Castles? Bagpipes? Oh my!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

As our final week in London was quickly approaching, my roommates and I decided that we could squeeze in one final trip to go to Edinburgh, Scotland! Edinburgh was the ideal trip for us, because it was something we originally planned on doing, it was in the domestic U.K. (yay, we didn't have to wait on long UK Border Agency Customs lines) and it was also very affordable at last minute prices. Ashley, Megan, Anum, and I all made our way to London's distant Luton Airport, at 3 a.m. on Friday November 9th. We knew that this was our last shot to travel, and we wanted to make the most of it.

Site Visits, Elections & Family Dinners

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Time is going by too fast. I have eleven days left in London out of this three-month semester, and there is so much going on! Last week, us TWC interns were graced by a familiar face... our TWC London advisor, Peter Stephens! Everyone was so excited to see Peter once he arrived in London, especially since we haven't seen him since our two week seminar in Washington, D.C. We all had a lot of catching up to do with Peter, and were overjoyed when we were told Peter would be visiting all of our internship sites.

CAPA International Education, our sponsoring partner in London, invited all of us Washington Center Interns to its annual student symposium. The symposium was definitely very educational and provided many interesting speakers. There were several sessions throughout the day, and all the speakers provided great insight into numerous global issues. Most importantly, there were both American and British speakers on the panels, so there was good representation on both ends.

I REFUSE to believe that I have been in London for two months already. In fact, it scares me to know that I only have twenty-seven days left in this beautiful country. Where did the time go? It definitely feels like we just arrived at Heathrow, moving into our flats and running out to explore the city. It's really a sad thought to think that in less than four weeks, we will be leaving our homes in London and heading back to the United States.

Viva Barcelona!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hola amigos!!  



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