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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Pace chapter.

Honestly, I can’t even believe that I have already been in London for a week. I wasn’t sure what I would experience while being here, but I was open to anything. Truthfully, I have been through what seems like almost every emotion. I mean, it is not easy moving to a whole new country. However, looking back at this week, I would not change anything. I am so excited and grateful to be here, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next few months. That said, I figured I would talk a little bit about what I have experienced, and hopefully, someone can find this helpful!

I won’t lie; the first few days were extremely intense. From being too jet-lagged to trying to meet new people, I was feeling overwhelmed. Whenever I was in my room, I doubted my decision to study abroad. Frankly, I thought I made a mistake. I thought that there was no way I could complete an entire semester abroad. However, I kept telling myself that this moment was temporary. I knew that it wasn’t going to be perfect right away. Instead of sitting in my room, I would walk around the park and read my book (I’m currently reading Song of Achilles, please go read it, it’s so amazing). Looking back, I am positive the fresh air helped me clear my mind and find a new perspective. These first few days were taxing; nevertheless, what I thought was a bad decision, turned out to be a great one.

After a few days of being here, I started to meet other students who were studying abroad. This was definitely a game-changer. From the moment I met them, I have been hanging out with them every day. They have literally made my experience take a 180. Since meeting them, I was able to meet even more students, and I was able to go out and explore more of London. My feelings of anxiety started to go away, and I was able to fully enjoy this past week. Every day has now felt surreal, and I am excited to make every day the best it can be.

I feel like people only talk about positive experiences when studying abroad. I rarely see anyone open up about their negative experiences. Although, I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to open up because it is extremely scary, and that is okay! However, if you are considering studying abroad, I want you to know that it may not be the perfect experience right away. I am in no way trying to talk you out of studying abroad. In fact, I think everyone should go abroad. I just think that it is important that we try to be as transparent as possible and remember that everything happens for a reason. Allow yourself to feel happy, sad, anxious, whatever it is you need to feel. No matter what, just know that it will get better. I mean, look at me now. I went from regretting everything to loving every moment of the day. I cannot wait for a semester full of adventure!

PK Kennedy is an active member within Her Campus at Pace. They are a social media assistant and help oversee Her Campus at Pace’s Pinterest account and write weekly articles focusing on, but not limited to, local events, music, and film/television pieces. Outside of Her Campus, PK is a senior at Pace University (NYC) and is majoring in Communications and Media Studies with a double minor in Digital Marketing and Arts and Entertainment Management. Recently, PK has been delving into multiple social media and design platforms to further their knowledge about digital marketing. During this school year, and beyond graduation, they hope to continue to learn more about photoshop and video editing software. Beyond school, PK enjoys listening and discovering new music, enjoying a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, having hour-long conversations about Star Wars and/or Marvel. If not doing any of the items listed above, PK is most definitely “rotting” in bed and gaining more knowledge about astrology and rewatching their favorite movie/TV shows again.