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How Living in London Has Changed Me

February 04, 2022
by Julia-Luce Mouketo
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Ah! Virginia.

After three months of pure bliss and adventure, I am back here. I think my life will never be the same. I have smelled, tasted, and experienced London, I am a Londoner. Forever.

A London area as seen by Julia

As I lay in my bed, my eyes glued to the ceiling, I see memories dancing around in a circle. What a great semester it's been!

If I was asked to do a before and after of myself here is what I would say.

Pre-London Julia

Julia before studying abroad in London

Julia before studying abroad in London.

I have always been one to know what I want. From the youngest age I used to say, "When I grow up, I'll be a journalist, just like my mom." And I brought this attitude along when I packed my two 23kg suitcases to London. Knowing what I want is one thing, but giving myself the means to get it is something else. Before going to London, I didn't push myself as much to achieve what I wanted. A little bit of context:

  1. Making Friends

Since 11th grade, I've been an international student studying in the US, and I have always had trouble making friends. It simply was not something I knew how to do. Of course, I wanted friends, who doesn't? But I did not want to attend any social events or go out at all, yet I complained about being lonely.

  1. Building My Career

Another important point is that I always knew I wanted to work in the media. However, I was not doing any research, looking for related internship positions, or networking when given the occasion. I was sort of waiting for it to happen over time.

Post-London Julia

Julia in Camden

Julia in the Camden area.

  1. I Made Amazing Friends

Living in London, not knowing anyone, and living with other students allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and talk to new people. I met some amazing people along the way, and as I usually joke with my friends, the people I met are the "Hey I am getting married, will you be my bridesmaid?" type of friends.

  1. I Am Building My Career

During my internship in London, I was able to shine and flourish in what I love-journalism. I was not only able to become a published journalist, but I was also able to attend amazing events, meet awesome people, and build a global network. I have been able to overcome imposter syndrome and am now working hard to be where I want to be. I've even secured one of my dream internships for the spring and am working on securing another one for the summer.

Julia shining in London

Shining in London.

To conclude, if I was to put pre-London Julia next to my current self, anyone would be able to see the difference. I am truly grateful for my CEA CAPA study abroad and internship experience, for the change it has kickstarted in me, and for what is to come.


Julia-Luce Mouketo is the Content Creator - Blogger.
 
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