Arriving
Shawna, London, Fall 2014
September 11, 2014

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is a picture of myself from the Camden Market.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is a picture of myself and my roommates within Waterloo Road.

First Impressions:
My first impression of London started when my plane landed in Heathrow Airport. I just could not believe how huge the facility was. Everything was so easy to navigate. When it was time for me to meet my driver, I had so many emotions. I could not believe I was finally in London. The feeling was unbelievable. As he was driving me to my flat located on Waterloo Road, I was taking as many pictures as I could while we were passing through London. I just kept thinking to myself what a beautiful city it is. Once I was dropped off, I went into my flat building, Conway Hall. The first thing I noticed was how simple the lobby layout was; it was so chic and clean. Before arriving I expected the complex to be a lot more run down, but I was so impressed by my living space.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is the view from my bedroom window of Waterloo Road.

Prior to my arrival I had received my housing assignment stating that I would be living in a triple-sized room, which I had expected to be quite small and claustrophobic but it turned out to be so spacious and not at all what I had in mind. I was the first one out of my flat mates to arrive and was so excited to meet them. After all of my roommates had arrived and we had all unpacked, we went out to see what our neighborhood was like. It was an amazing feeling to just walk around London and see what was around us. It was at that moment that I knew I was going to love the city so much.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is an image of a chocolate stand from the Camden Market.

Orientation week:
When it came time for orientation, I was feeling both anxious and excited at the same time. My main fear was that I was going to get lost while traveling to class. Luckily, I realized I was not alone and that my roommates were going to the same location I was. I had never experienced an underground system quite as efficient as the London tube. It is so simple; there are signs at every corner to guide you to your desired destination. As we were traveling on the tube and on our way out of the underground station, I could not help but look around at my surroundings. The people in London are always moving; it is such a fast-paced city, which in my opinion, is quite exciting and stimulating. There is always something to do and somewhere to go.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is a picture right outside the University of Arts London, which is where I will be studying.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is a picture of the Camden Market sign.

Just after leaving the underground station, we approached the University of the Arts London—a beautiful building located on John Prince’s Street in Oxford Circus. Once we were given directions on where to go in the building, orientation started shortly after. The classes and instructors are absolutely amazing. I think my favorite moment throughout orientation was when I had found out that majority of my classes take place in various locations throughout London. I love the idea of interactive learning and gaining an all-around cultural education while I am studying here. I cannot wait to see what the next few months have in store for me.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is a picture of Central London’s Oxford Circus.

Shadlow, S - London - Fall 14

This is an image of the London underground tube.

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Shawna is a current student at Washington State University studying at University of the Arts London during the Fall 2014 term.

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