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Home Institution: Andrews University (MI)
Internship Site: Commonwealth Advisory Bureau
Program: Washington, D.C.-London

Now Its Time to Say Goodbye...

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Our time in London has come to an end and there is so much from this experience I get to take home with me.  An internship opportunity that expanded my professional skills, a great set of friends and memories of a lifetime are now a part of who I am.  It's been a great few months and I am so sad to see it come to an end.  

Walk on Olympic Park

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Riverboat Tour to Greenwich

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I've spent much of the semester telling you about all of the festivals that London has to offer.  But if you want to check out something a little different, give the riverboat tour to Greenwich a try.  Get on at Westminster Pier and spend an hour taking in panoramic views of all the different parts of the city that were only previously viewed as you visit each location.  You will have a wonderful experience on the Thames River and even get a slight history lesson along the way.  Here are a few of the places we saw.  

Make Your Internship an Opportunity

Friday, December 02, 2011

Promise me something; when you accept your internship, make the absolute most of it.  This is the connection of a lifetime and could be the experience you need to jumpstart your career.  Not only have I developed a very positive relationship with my supervisor and colleagues, I have realized that many of the individuals I have met during the semester have also become significant connections for future projects.  We often speak of internship sites that do not necessarily provide a meaningful experience for interns.  However, we have to also recognize that as interns there is plenty we can do

'Practically a Londoner'

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I tried.  I really tried my best to stand firm in maintaining my American cultural norms.  I didn't want to go back to America with a slightly confused accent or using vocabulary that means absolutely nothing to the average American.  But, it happened.  Of course I think I am still holding on to my Midwest accent fairly well, I have to chuckle when I notice little things throughout my day that are more British than American.  My internship supervisor used the phrase 'practically a Londoner' jokingly after I had been in London for 2 weeks.

Paradigm Shift

Sunday, October 23, 2011

When studying abroad, I don't think anyone is ever fully prepared for the experiences they will encounter.  In the weeks leading up to my departure, I planned for sharing my personal space; I planned for underseasoned meals; I planned (partially) for the exchange rate; and I planned for a culturally different environment - although, how different can it really be?  We share a common language.  In all of this, however, I did not prepare to be challenged.  

Exploring Scotland

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I absolutely fell in love with the beauty and magnificence of Scotland.  There is so much natural beauty that city development cannot destroy and this visit was a true connection with nature.  I would love to share my entire Scotland photo album with all of you. However, I have over 300 photos and clearly not enough time, nor space to share them all.   First thing I learned in Scotland...our Statue of Liberty has a sister. Meet the Statue of Truth.   

Bath, England

Saturday, October 15, 2011

In the past few weeks I have done a ton of traveling and city exploration.  It is only fair that I share some of this fun with you.  One thing you learn very quickly in the United Kingdom is that they are very much aware of their historical existence.  I mentioned in a previous post about visiting Bath, England so I decided to bring the focus in on a little of that experience.  

When I first arrived in London, my most difficult adjustment was the exchange rate and the difference in cost of living.  Well, after a little over a month in my new home, I've begun to take note of the areas where most of my money goes when I am not paying attention. So in order to help some of you who are considering London for your abroad experience, I put together a quick list of my top 5 tips for living on a London budget:   1. Avoid Eating Out & Cook

This is What They Call "Work"?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Do not be mistaken.  There is plenty of productivity happening on this side of the pond.  However, I wish I could have half as much fun at "work" in the states as I do here.  This week officially marked the beginning of my internship and class lectures have officially begun.  Within a timespan of 72 hours, I have experienced more by way of my internship than I could have ever imagined was possible.  The opportunity to gain valuable working experience, while learning about the various elements of what research in development policy entails, is certainly welcomed.  

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