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COLA: Tell us a bit about yourself
Morgan Fay: I am a senior Communication major with a writing minor from Rye, NH. I love dancing, reading, writing, traveling and enjoying good food and even better company. In my dream world, I would be a travel blogger, based out of somewhere sunny in Europe with a flat in London for when I was feeling fancy. Let’s just say, I’m already planning my next trip back to London.
COLA: Why did you choose the London program?
Morgan: The London program worked really well with my major, as well as with the discovery courses I still needed. In addition, the comfort of sharing the same language and being able to stay in a dorm (opposed to a home stay) made the idea of leaving home for a semester a little less scary.
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COLA: How did you finance your semester in London?
Morgan: I was incredibly lucky to receive the B. Thomas Trout Scholarship, which helped defray some of the program costs, but just like any other semester at UNH, I used a combination of scholarships, loans and the gracious help of my parents. For all of my travels and adventures while abroad, I used the money I had saved from selling my soul to my summer jobs (p.s. it was SO worth it).
COLA: How was it being immersed in such an international city? What was it like traveling to cities where English was the primary language?
Morgan: While the national language of England, is of course, English, the British accents were often difficult to understand, as well as the colloquial phrases. But I found that even when I traveled outside of the U.K. to other European countries, English was incredibly prevalent so it was never too difficult to get around.
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COLA: What will be your best memory of being in London?
Morgan: I think my favorite part of being in London was just the feeling that there were a million things to do at any given time. Even if you tried something new every single day you were abroad in London, you wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface. London is full of endless opportunities and excitement, and coming from a small town in N.H., that feeling is something I’ll never forget.
COLA: Did you have a chance to explore London and other cities in the U.K.?
Morgan: I got to know the Marylebone and Soho areas of London pretty well, but I wish I had explored Camden more. It’s so funky and cool; it feels like the “authentic” part of London, less touristy and more local (go there!). In addition to London, I traveled to Brighton and Cambridge, England. It was great seeing other parts of England, but I’m really happy I traveled a lot outside of England as well. There just was never enough time to do it all!
COLA: How has it been readjusting to life in Durham?
Morgan: Adjusting to life back in the U.S. has been quite the experience. I was so jet lagged the first week home, all I thought about was sleep, but once that passed, it started to finally hit me that my semester-long-dream-world had sadly come to an end. I’m happy I studied abroad in the spring so I could come back to the summer because I think going right back to school in Durham would be difficult. Life just seemed so much fuller in London and now I’m back to having actual responsibilities instead of just planning my next weekend adventure to another European country. I’ve been home for two weeks now and the consensus is “I wish I had never left London.” Studying abroad in London is that amazing.