There is so much to see and so many new folks to meet here in London, it’s hard to find time to write. But as my classes will be starting soon, I thought it might be nice to get a few additional thoughts jotted down here first!
Since I last wrote, I have moved into my new home south of the Thames. It’s only about 2 miles from LSE, so my commuting choices so far are to walk (about 40-45 minutes) or take a bus (about 30 minutes door-to-door). I’m itching for the freedom of a bicycle though, and hope to make that a relatively cheap reality soon.
I’m slowly starting to figure things out and get used to my neighborhood, though I still need to do a bit of unpacking and get a few more things for my flat. Slowly but surely, things are coming together. That brings me to my flat though, which is awesome and very international. Everyone has their own bedroom, with a toilet, sink and shower (shower is a generous term though, as it is basically a corner of the bathroom and nearly on top of the toilet, but such is life). We then all share a kitchen and hallway. There are 8 of us (another American from VA, a girl from Japan, a boy from Mexico, a boy and girl from France, a girl from Germany, and a boy from the Netherlands). We’ve hung out with each other quite a lot already and seem to be a really good group, so that is exciting!
Also exciting–the invitation I received to meet with the Director of LSE. I met with Dr. Calhoun and two of the LSE Pro-Directors on Monday morning–a unique start to my orientation week, I’m sure–because of my Fulbright Scholarship. They were all very nice and welcoming. It was really neat how much one of the British pro-directors knew about Lilly Ledbetter’s story as well–it impressed the Director, who happens to be a red-blooded American!
I have only met one boy from my program, but I think it is quite small, so not surprising. He is a guy from Austria. With my department welcome tomorrow and my program induction on Friday, I should meet the rest of my classmates soon! I am anxious to sort out my classes, but we won’t have presentations on all the options until Friday, so I have to wait a little bit longer it seems.
Over the next few days, I also have to confirm the societies (clubs) that I want to join this year and find out more about the possibility of taking on a parliamentary internship during the year. We shall see!
Oh and if you have gotten this far, I should tell you the “best” thing about the LSE library: there are bean bag chairs in the basement! Also, the Dean of Academic Affairs gave a very welcoming introduction this afternoon–most notably, he played a snippet of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” during his explanation of how to avoid plagiarism–lolz.
(My title is a throwback to my undergrad orientation at American for any of you Eagles reading this. The theme song to Resident Hall Director’s session was “Unwritten.” It crossed my mind today with the various musical interludes of this LSE session.)