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Week One in London :)

I figured I’d get all the tourist side of everything out of the way the first week I was here, but to my dismay I realized that’s actually really hard because everywhere I go I find new things to take pictures of an to look like a tourist all over again. Pictures are the easiest way for me to document everything i am doing here in London and the surrounding areas :) I’ve got a few little trips planned to see everything I can while I’m here, and to make the most of my time on the weekends because I spend the week days reading and studying.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Week one complete!

Week one complete!

First week of classes are done at University of Westminster, and it’s a very different way of learning here :) I have realized that it is up to me 100% here whether I want to learn or not, my grade for a few of my classes is based upon one exam that is comprised of an essay question. I am excited to become more of an independent learner, but nervous at the same time. Now it’s time to hit the books and be prepared for my classes, which meet once a week for 3 hours. Even though it’s going to be a hard semester I am loving every minute of it:) I truly believe going abroad is the best way to understand the world around you.

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Today is the day!!!!

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Today’s the big day :) It’s the beginning of my journey! I can’t believe it’s finally here. I’m just sitting in JFK Airport in NY waiting for my flight to board. I’m excited to meet all my new friends and figure out my way around London.

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Research on Micro-Environments on Neo-Tropical Birds in Gamboa, Panama

So it has been one hectic and crazy first three weeks of school! Being a senior, most of my classes were in full swing the first day of classes with no warm ups or welcomes. We’re all sitting in room 313 Woodland, waiting for our syllabuses to be handed out and hearing what we already know is coming: “It wont be easy and you’re going to need to put a lot of work into passing this class”. Welcome to your senior year as a Science Student. And it has been nothing less than that. I’ve been reading at least 10-15 pages of textbook, solving incredible amounts of physics equations, writing note cards, and just trying to remember to stop and eat. This is usually when I ask myself, “WHY??! Why do I want to do this major!? There are so many things that would be easier if I’d just switched two years ago.”

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Research on Manatee Habitat in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Well this is why…

Every time I’m outside, I look at the trees and I breathe in the air, my mind is at peace. I love it. I’m 100% in my element, whether (like this week) its 90 degrees and humid, or if its raining and chilly, or even when I’m walking through snow drifts and freezing. I am completely content outside. My mind then goes to wonder about processes and the environment. I remember all those science classes I’ve taken and apply them to what I’m seeing and feeling at that moment, again completely natural.

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Diving in Reefs of Bocas del Torro, Panama

I also have taken some time in the last week or so to notice my reactions when younger students ask me my major and why I would want to struggle through it. Many of them I know are even questioning their own fields of study, and want to understand why I stuck it out. It’s my passion. I’ve noticed that science; animals, environments and ecosystems are what I have passion for. I noticed first when interviewing someone to be my roommate. There’s so much information that I have stored in the special part of my brain, where I can ramble for hours about topics of conservation and issues and problems with the world today. I’ve realized how much I want improvement and protection and knowledge of these topics too.

So why do I do it?

…. Because I have to. Science is my addiction.

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I can't believe the day is finally here! I leave for England tomorrow to study at the University of Westminster. I am excited to go, but I know I will miss home and PSU Abington for the semester, so I've packed some things to remind me of home. The packing is done, checked in online for my flight, and it's all starting to feel so real now :)

I can’t believe the day is finally here! I leave for England tomorrow to study at the University of Westminster. I am excited to go, but I know I will miss home and PSU Abington for the semester, so I’ve packed some things to remind me of home. The packing is done, checked in online for my flight, and it’s all starting to feel so real now:)

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