Back in the ever-lovin' USA!!

Back in the ever-lovin' USA!!

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. I had to get used to traffic here as well. As you may know, London traffic is quite different than what we are accustomed to here. They drive on the opposite side of the road from us, and I had gotten used to their traffic laws. So, after almost getting hit by a double-wide truck, I knew that I had to be extremely careful with this.



Being away from my friends from the Washington Center was one of the hardest things to deal with. We set up a massive facebook chat, where we were all talking to each other about the things we were doing at home. It also became a forum for questions about our final TWC assignment, our internship portfolio. I found myself constantly texting my close friends Anum, Sarah, my flat-mates and other TWC friends.


So far, we've done a pretty good job communicating with one another. I'll definitely do my best to keep in touch with my Washington Center friends, whether that's through social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, writing an email, Skype conversations, or picking up the phone. I've made a few plans with several of my classmates. Hopefully, Sarah will visit me sometime this summer. I'm also arranging a trip to Florida over my spring break, so I can visit my friend Alexandra and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (she promised me she would take me!). Shaun, another classmate, lives in New York, so I imagine it won't be too difficult meeting up with him. And of course, Anum and Nigel both go to the same school as me, so I'll be seeing them around the Guilford College campus in the spring! Hey, this staying in touch thing doesn't seem too difficult after all.


So....what's changed?

London will always be close to my heart. I have grown so much as a person, and I will always remember the good times spent during my semester abroad.


On my first trip to the supermarket here at home, I ran straight to the hot beverage section, so I could find some tea. I was so glad to find my favorite, Twining's English Breakfast Tea! So, I stocked up. Now, out of habit, I always have my "cuppa" in the morning, in the afternoon, and before bed. And of course, I drink it out of my TWC mug!



But seriously, I am going to miss everything about my Intern Abroad experience. Being in London for three months has been such a blessing, and I am so glad that I participated in the Washington Center's program! I know that in the future, I will one day reunite with London, and hopefully travel there with my family.


Final Thoughts

Just like many of you, I was set on studying abroad during my college career. However, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't have enough time to do so, especially since it was important to have internship experience before applying to graduate school. With the Washington Center's Intern Abroad program, I was able to kill two birds with one stone! Getting amazing internship experience, as well as having the opportunity to study and explore in another country was the best decision I have made to date. I highly recommend it to all of you, and I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!


(Now, whether that means you'll apply to the London program, that's up to you...but I'm team London ALL THE WAY!)


Best of Luck,

Sharon E. Dunmore.



I'm applying for one of the Washington Center's summer programs in Washington, D.C. Maybe this isn't my final goodbye! Perhaps we will cross paths again this summer, 2013.


Over & Out.

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