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Study Abroad

Alexa Hoffman

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What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
My most meaningful experience during my time abroad was getting the opportunity to work at a few shows for London Fashion Week. Through my Fashion Styling course, my professor had asked the class if anyone had availability to help him out so of course I volunteered. As a fashion major, it was a great opportunity and experience to see how fashion shows run, especially in one of the five fashion capitals of the world. Even though it was a smaller show for a group of students that my professor supervised, it was loads of chaos all throughout the day. I got to help hands-on as a dresser for two shows. Most of the day I spent in the backstage area with the model helping her to dress, as well as get her hair and makeup done. However, at the end I did get to peek from the front of the stage and watch the show. This was probably one of my most meaningful experiences in London, because it gave me insight I would not have received in the U.S. Furthermore, now that I am back at Lasell and enrolled in classes, it gives me an advantage in my Fashion Show and Production class as I have already taken part in putting together shows.

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
Lasell students should study abroad to get out of their comfort zone. As nervous as I was to leave the country on my own, it proved to be an amazing once in a lifetime experience. Going abroad opened my eyes to new perspectives and cultures. Within my first week of being there, I had a list of things that I had labeled as "culture shocks", one of them being how noticeably fast the escalators move there. However, experiencing these new things was something I would only have learned having gone abroad. I got to meet new people from all over the world with their own perspective on life and compare to how I had been raised here in the U.S. Some of my best friends in my program were from Sweden and they taught me many things regarding their language, their food, and their education. Going abroad allowed me to broaden my views on life and see things from a different perspective.

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
My ultimate advice to students studying abroad is to always take the risk. Always take the risk to go somewhere new, talk to someone new, or even try something new to eat. Going abroad can be a whole new world of experiences, but only if you make it that way. I highly suggest going to places on your own and learning to enjoy your own company. As much as it is an experience to see the world, it is also an experience to learn about yourself and all that you can do. Additionally, talk to people and make new friends because there is so much you can learn from them. Don't be afraid to come out of your shell.

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
A typical day for myself while studying abroad was waking up around 7am and getting ready in my room for school. I would normally leave around 8:15ish to catch the tube/underground for my 9am class. The tube usually took about 30-40 minutes depending on the morning traffic. Once at Oxford Circus station, I would walk up to the street and walk barely a block to the UAL John Princes St. location. Then, I would go to my class which typically lasted about 2 hours. Afterwards I would have an hour and a half break before my next class. Most days I would eat in the school canteen and grab some lunch, otherwise I would go back to the street and wander around until I found something appetizing. From there, I would look up where I had to be for my next class if it was a traveling class. For my Fashion History and Artifact course we would meet my professor at different museums, so I would need to navigate myself to the meeting point using the underground. Some days when it was nice out and not too far I would walk to the class from Oxford Circus. I would typically head back to my dorm stopping at the local Tesco on the way to make myself some dinner. If I got out earlier or had another class sometimes, I would go to the library to finish up some homework. Once I got back to my dorm I would go to the kitchen and figure out what to make myself for dinner. I would end the day writing in my journal that was required for one of my classes about anything interesting I had done that day.