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Why London?

It’s official! The flight has been bought. The student loan has been taken out. The dorm has been booked. I’m officially Europe bound on Sunday for my next academic chapter and while I’m a little nervous to return to the classroom for grad school… I’m so excited for new adventures!

The question I’ve been asked most frequently has been GURL, WHY LONDON!?

And here’s why I’ve chosen to go abroad for grad school…

  1. 1 year programs. Grad school in the States can take two or three years, and that’s if you’re attending full time. My grad school program starts at the end of September, and will wrap up in May. The sooner I can be out of school with my fancy new degree, the sooner I can start working towards my *dreem kahreer*. (I also finished undergrad in three years, so expedited educations = my thing. I like to play smart, not hard.)
  2. Money talks. On that note, less time in school means more time to make moolah. I’ll already be back on that salary  game this time next year. Despite the misconceptions, there are also ways to keep school abroad financially realistic! Financially, it’s about the same (or even a little less!) to go to  grad school abroad.
  3. Out of the fish bowl. It’s one thing to debate Donald Trump with ten Republican Texans sitting around the campfire eating s’mores. It’s another thing to sit in a room with fifty international students and lament how the States’ upcoming election may be doomed. I think it’s healthy to surround yourself with people who have extraordinarily different backgrounds than you, and see how their mindsets vary from yours. No better way to do this than by jumping into the unknown!
  4. International experience. Studying in London means I get to also take advantage of working in London, something that wouldn’t be realistic at this point of my life otherwise. Recruiters who have seen my resume already comment on my Ireland work experiences (most frequently to ask me what a hostel is LAWL). Since I want to work in tourism and travel, I know this international experience will all come in handy in the near future!
  5. Kickin’ the bucket list. How could I pass up the opportunity to work, play, and study in my absolute favorite city in the world? I’m so beyond ready to make London my playground for the next year.

For me, it worked out best to venture to London. I want to work in travel, and the international experience gives my resume the lil sparkle it needs. However, there are pros and cons to leaving the country, just like there are pros and cons to staying in the States for grad school. It’s all about finding the best fit for you! I’m not trying to drag the American grad school experience in the slightest. One of my amazing friends chose grad school in Salt Lake City- that’s what suits her best and it’s working great for her. I’ll be writing another post soon about the application process! Until then, I’ll be staying up late running errands, and preparing for the BIG TRIP #YOLO #HASHTAGBLESSED.

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London, I’m comin’ for ya!





7 thoughts on “Why London?

  1. Kiks,

    The countdown is finally dwindling down to just days. We are super excited for you and hope that our paths will cross in England while you are there. I love London. Every single time I watch Notting Hill with Julia Roberts & Hugh Grant I wish that I could live next door to Hugh and his crazy roommate. I envision myself living next to them and staying up til the wee hours of the night with them, having dinner parties, playing board games and hanging out at every single pub that exists in that city! Who cares about Thug Life, I’m dreaming of “Pub Life”! So, go on and get it gurl and do the dang thang! Love you sooooo much! Soooo very proud of you! God bless you and keep you safe! Happy travels. Don’t get too crazy with the Cadbury….

  2. Take me with you! Good luck with everything! I have a good friend who got her masters in London and she hasn’t come back since 😉 she loves it there.

  3. Monique,
    I love reading your blog
    You da best
    Also you’re sort of my hero, you do things because you know they suit you best and you know what you want and you go for it.
    I cant wait to read up on all of your experiences!
    Good luck girl, You da bomb

  4. You fascinate and amaze me! You dream it, and do it. I am so proud of you – – despite my selfishness to want you back upstairs! Love is an understatement of what I feel for you! Seize it, Sunshine!

  5. Monique ~ so loving that you’ve living your life to the fullest and grabbing opportunities that come your way. I can’t wait to see your next blog posts, I travel with you through your words and pictures for now. I hope to get back to Europe sometime soon, but until then….. I dream. Love Ya!

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