It’s impossible to travel to a different country for ten weeks and not learn something about yourself and about life. When you completely immerse yourself into an experience that is so completely new and so completely out of your comfort zone, your world will never be the same. And I don’t think that it ever should be. Every day that you go through, you learn something. Whether it’s that you don’t like your chips with salsa or that you are extremely self-conscious deep down. Personally, I’ve learned a lot a lot a lot about life while being over on this side of the pond.
I’ve always known that I am a positive person. I always try my best to treat people with kindness and support because nobody deserves anything but happiness. But while being here, I’ve realized how important being optimistic about things really matters. It’s impossible to live on the other side of the planet from your friends and family and not have bad days. There have been days where I just felt like crying and not moving from my bed all day. But you just gotta keep going because there are pockets of sunshine behind the clouds. One of the main things that I realized is that is absolutely vital to your wellbeing to surround yourself with people who support you and are positive about life and living life. Let me repeat that.. it is absolutely vital to your wellbeing to surround yourself with people who support you and are positive about life and living life. Because let me tell you, people who are not will. make. you. sad. When you suggest something and it is immediately shot down, or you say something positive about an experience you had and it is immediately mocked.. it hurts. When you have negative people in your life, they will bring you down with them whether you like it or not. You have to keep your head up and you have to understand that life is beautiful. And when you find that one friend who shares your passion and your excitement, hold on to them and hold on to those memories and those conversations. Hold on to those times where you sat in Mexican restaurants and you sat in empty pubs and just talked about traveling the world and what it would be like if all your dreams came true. Those are the people who make you realize that life is worth all the setbacks and the bad days.
Here in London I was fortunate enough to be able to have an internship at an agency. This brings me to the second lesson that I have learned. And that is that every single internship you do is important, no matter how horrible it seems at the time. Personally, I had the absolute time of my life at my internship even though I have been nicknamed “The Shred-o-matic” and “Shredder Sally.” I think you can guess what my intern duties consisted of.. Yep, I was the official scanner and official shredder. They even wrote me my own theme song (unfortunately, I am not even kidding about that haha). This is a difficult concept to tackle because a lot of people have a lot of different views about what an internship should be. Firstly, let me explain what my views are. Internships are supposed to give you an inside view into the career industry that you want to pursue in the future. This will help you decide if that is a career that you want to go into (or not go into). The most beneficial part of your internship will be being their in that environment and absorbing what is going on around you and what your coworkers and bosses are doing and how they are doing it. As an intern, you probably have limited experience in the field that you want to go into. This means that you are not trained to complete the complicated tasks that your coworkers or bosses have been doing for years. So yes, this does mean that you might be stuck doing the grunt work or the administrative duties. But you have to look on the bright side and realize that you have an internship and that you are inside look into this company that so many people will not get to experience. You are going to form relationships that will help you both personally and professionally. You will form connections with people who can write you letters of recommendation in the future. Look at every internship as a learning experience and put everything you’ve got into it.
Another thing that I have learned from this experience is that the world is beautiful. There are so many beautiful places to visit and explore and you have to get out there and see these places and eat the food and frolic in the culture. Traveling is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. You never know how a place is going to turn out. It might be gross and disgusting, but it might completely surprise you and turn out to be one of your absolute favorite places. Before this trip, I classified Europe as all the same and if you’ve see one place, you’ve seen them all kind of attitude. And boy was I wrong. I now have so much more appreciation for Europe and I have realized that it is so much easier to travel than I originally thought. You can get away with just booking a ticket to a place and leaving with no plans and no idea of what it is going to be like. And that’s the beauty of the sponteneity. I want to travel so much more after these 10 weeks because I now understand how freaking beautiful the world is and if you stay in one place your whole life, you are never going to get that world outlook and you are never going to know what you are missing. It can be stressful and it can be tiring, but it is definitely worth it.
There is so much more that I learned, but I don’t want to write ten pages about this trip. If you are even considering going to London, I highly highly highly suggest it. It is honestly one of my favorite cities in the world and I could not be more thankful that I was able to go and spend so much time there. If you ever go, just send me an email and I will give you a long list of places to go and things to see. It’s a beautiful city and I will definitely be back. London will always hold a piece of my heart.