Bakdaulet Baitan is an economics major at Kenyon College and studied abroad with IFSA-Butler atQueen Mary University of London in 2019. He is an international correspondent for IFSA-Butler through the Work-To-Study Program.
After first visiting London as a tourist five years ago, I returned this year to live and study in the city for the semester, and oh what a different experience it has been! Here are five lessons I have learned over the past four months living in London… Location: Along River Thames near Tower Bridge. … Continue reading 5 Years Apart, 5 Lessons Learned – Sierra DeAngelo
As a junior, it is expected that I will have an internship the summer before my senior year to prepare for life after college. However, I never anticipated I would be abroad when trying to apply for these jobs. I realized I would need to put in 10 times as much effort as I would … Continue reading Applying to Internships While Abroad – Isabel Lohr
Welcome to the city that has a “tube” and monstrous looking buses. The first thing I realized after taking my first trip by tube was how expensive the public transportation can be. Specifically, in relation to New York, since that’s where I’m from. I will break this up into ways to save money on public … Continue reading Saving Money on London Transportation – Jahmir Duran
Four months ago, when I just arrived in London, I was shy, scared to make friends with others, and also anxious about whether I would enjoy my time here. I remember clearly that I wouldn’t even go out of my room as my social anxiety hindered me from meeting with other people. Now, as my … Continue reading Goodbye London, Or: It’s a New Beginning
Rachel Godfrey was awarded the QMUL International Correspondent Scholarship in collaboration with IFSA Study Abroad. Whilst at Queen Mary, Rachel blogged all about diversity and inclusion in study abroad. We sat down with her before she headed back to Wesleyan University, CT, to talk about her experience. Rachel tells us what it’s like to be a student in London, cultural differences, diversity … Continue reading Part 2 – an interview with Rachel Godfrey
I have always felt uncomfortable about the phrase “coming out” because of the inherent implication about there being a “normal” or “standard” sexuality, while others are regarded as “other” or “strange.” This past summer, I had to wrestle with this concept. I spent a lot of time thinking about my own sexuality. After many conversations … Continue reading Coming Out: The Abroad Edition – Rachel Godfrey
What is the experience of being queer abroad like? It’s about understanding the nuances of your sexual identity and finding a community for yourself. This is what I learned from my friend Julianna, a junior from Wesleyan University studying at Queen Mary, University of London. In the busy coffee shop on Queen Mary’s campus we … Continue reading What’s It Like Being Queer in London? – Tessa Reading