The London Diaries: Why I chose to study abroad

I’m a firm believer that travel is an investment that is well worth the cost.

Through travel, you gain so much more than just getting to see a couple of cool places. Engrossing yourself in a new culture expands your viewpoints of the exclusive world that you have always known. Through it, you gain memories, experiences, and life lessons that, in my opinion, are so much more valuable than materialistic possessions. Of course, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t spend some of my paycheck on those materialistic possessions- i’m human. But if I were given the option to spend $10,000 on a shopping spree, or to spend $10,000 on traveling, I would pick travel in a heartbeat.

And I honestly think a lot of people would do the same.

But there always seems to be obstacles that get in the way of traveling for so many people. I decided a long time ago that i wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of this dream of mine. I would like to think that if I were given one month to live, I would spend a good fraction of that month traveling to new countries and experiencing new cultures. I want to grow up and be one of those people with a huge world map on their living room wall, with markers indicating all of the countries they have been to. And yes, you can bet your life savings that that map will be as full as possible.

So why London, you may ask? Well, without hesitation I would respond with “why not London?”. London has always been at the top of my very long list of places I want to visit in my lifetime. I have always been captivated by London; by the diverse people, the beautiful architecture, and the enchanting city life. London is consistently one of the top fashion capitals of the world and it’s one of the most talked about, and visited cities in the world. These reasons alone were enough for me. The idea of not only getting to visit this amazing city, but to live here for a few months was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I get to live here in London until December 7th, which will have be 3 and a half months all together. Of course, deciding to study abroad here in London was not cheap, and a lot of sacrifices had to be made in order for me to get here, but it’s already so worth it. I have already gained so much weight many amazing experiences, and I can’t wait to see what else in in store for me while I experience life here in London. I don’t even want to think about leaving because it is amazing. Absolutely breathtaking.

One of my favorite quotes says:

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

My greatest fear is to die with regrets, and It would be a huge regret of mine if at the end of my life I didn’t feel like I fulfilled my dream of traveling. I want to spend my life traveling the world, and I want to do it with the people I love. Life is short, and the world is a pretty big place. So I guess deciding to study abroad was my way of taking initiative to start living my dream, and I can’t think of a better place to have started.