Week Seven in London

Welcome back everyone! Thanks for stickin’ with me for seven weeks! I can’t believe my time here in London is halfway over. Time flies when you’re having fun, that’s for sure. Although the majority of this week was consumed by midterm preparation, I have a few adventures to share.

Using my wonderful Drake CBPA networking skills, I ventured out to meet a business professional at the Aviva headquarters last Monday. A Drake alumna, who I have had the pleasure of getting to know through the Student Alumni Association, introduced me to one of her colleagues here in London. After a few emails, we scheduled a meeting and I prepared my tube maps for a journey to the head office. This fantastic experience gave me a first-hand look at business in a completely new setting. I was lucky enough to chat with three different ladies about a topic that I find extremely interesting – consumer profiling. Not only did I learn a lot, I also established extremely valuable business connections and relationships. I am happy to say it – Drake has taught me well.

I wish that was enough business for one post, but I am sorry to say that I spent a lot of quality time in the library and at Starbucks this week, preparing for what will be a hectic week of midterms ahead. I stepped into the campus library for the first time and convinced myself to remember what it’s like to endure long hours of study. I am desperately missing my number one staple – a large, cheap, delicious coffee from Kum-N-Go, available at any hour of the night or day. The education style here is both a blessing and a curse. It’s so easy to put schoolwork off when a test in mid-October will be the first time I will have to apply weeks of learning. It was fun while it lasted; the season of essays and tests is finally upon me, and I’m rolling with the punches. Fall break is just three midterms and a micro-dissertation away.

The weekend brought fun nights out with friends and a needed break from studying. On Sunday, we made our way to Camden Market. From doughnuts to zebra burgers, comfy sweatshirts to spike-studded boots, we browsed what we could of the market in one afternoon. After milling through the hungry crowds in the food section I decided on a cornbread patty filled with chicken, guacamole, beans and veggies. I’m already looking forward to my next visit so I can try out another new dish. The trip was a wonderful way to wrap up the weekend.

At the dawn of a new week, I’m back on the studying grind before Barcelona and Athens for fall break. Speaking of this upcoming adventure, I am sorry to say that I will be unable to post my week eight wrap-up as I’ll be departing London on the 19th and won’t be back until the 28th.  Rest-assured I’ll fill you in double-time at week nine.  Take care for these next two weeks!



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