It has been so long since my last blog that I am going to give a condensed version of my spring break experience. First, we travelled to Edinburgh with the entire GLS class of 2014. It was great spending time with everyone and not having to worry about classes or anything. Once our time ended in Edinburgh, we hopped on a train back to London, and a few of the guys and I flew to Athens the next morning. It was an interesting experience in Greece. I will probably remember it as my favorite destination of spring break, but it was by far the strangest part of our vacation. We saw all the great sites of Athens and even spent a day on the island of Aegina. After spending time in one of the most historical cities in the world, our next stop was another famous city. Rome was our final leg of spring break. We made the most of our trip by seeing all of the historical sites and eating at some of the famous restaurants. On our last day, we were able to travel to the beach for only a Euro each way. It was one of my favorite days of the whole trip. The best way to sum up my vacation is that it was “. . . anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostolgia.”
As for my internship, it has been very interesting thus far. It was not what I expected at all, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I was hoping to be doing more of investment banking or researching equities, but my placement was in Global Transaction Services. This is actually probably better for me right now, since I have little finance experience. Also, I have been able to learn how the relationship works between banks and multinational corporations, which gives me a broad overview of how money is used by international clients. This can help me in the future whether I work in a bank or in corporate finance. My team is great to work with, and although they are often very busy, they still find time to make sure I am learning and gaining from my experience. This internship has been a great opportunity, and it has surprised me how much I am learning in such a short amount of time. This may be my last blog before going home, so I hope you all have enjoyed the site that we created to share our experiences here in London.
It has been so long since my last post, I do not even know where to begin. We have finished Statistics 207 and have already completed almost half of our curriculum for Management 207. I have travelled to Cambridge, Stoke City, and Oxford with my fellow GLSers. This past weekend, Kyle, Paige, Cassidy, Laura Bassett, Ryan, and I travelled to Munich, Germany. At first, I was skeptical about going to Munich instead of Stockholm, but after we began walking around the beautiful city, I knew I had made the right choice. Munich had the exact atmosphere I love about European cities: brick roadways for pedestrians to walk on, important buildings with so much history that I wish the walls could talk, and great food. We ate at Augustiner Brewery for lunch, and then we walked around the city for hours, only going inside to see the beautiful churches and to warm up from the zero degree temperature. We were able to see the site for the 1972 Olympics, the view of almost the entire city from the top of St. Peter’s church, and a river where people go to surf because the water pumping out from under the bridge creates waves strong enough for a person to ride almost like a flowrider. I marvelled at the site, wondering how any one could even get into the wave to catch it, since the water was moving so fast. The best part about the whole day was that we were not expecting to see all of these great sites. For dinner, we ate at the Hofbrauhaus. The next morning we woke up early and travelled to Fussen in order to take a tour of the Neuschwanstein castle. It was so cold that my nose hairs froze, but it was well worth it. The castle was huge, and it was built for only one man who lived there for less than 180 days. On Sunday morning, we all woke up early to catch our plane, and a few of us commented on how we were ready to go home, referring to London. It was the first time that I actually considered London my home. I really enjoy calling London my current home. Not many people can say that they lived in a place where they could wake up every morning with Centre Point right outside their window.
It has taken awhile for me to realize how much this entire experience will impact my future and how lucky I truly am for even being able to travel abroad. Most people will never be able to have an experience studying or working abroad, and we are doing both in the same semester. Sometimes, it is easy to lose sight of that fact. All 26 of us are lucky to be here in one of the most famous cities in the world studying, working, and living together as we try to create bright futures for ourselves.
After a long and arduous fall semester and a very relaxing Christmas break, my expectations of London finally met reality. My flight touched down at around 7:00 am today, and We have been active ever since. In fact, I have not slept more than 45 minutes in the past 24 hours. It has been a very exciting first day, but we are all obviously exhausted. I can truly say that this has been the longest day of my life, and I have seen so many new and peculiar sites while traveling through London. Even though I have already spent my first day here, it somehow still seems surreal. Hopefully, I will eventually grasp the fact that I am actually here, but for now, life is moving too fast for my mind to catch up.