Silas Avis: Post 4

Silas AvisProvider: LSELondon, England2022/23 Year Abroad One thing that I have had to adjust to is the life of constantly relying on public transportation. If there is one thing I will not miss when I get back to the US is cramming into a packed tube car with a hundred other strangers at rush hour trying to get wherever I need to be. Driving is a luxury that I miss the most and when I get back, I am going on a long drive just because I can. The city makes a strong push to eliminate the use of private […]

Silas Avis: Post 2

Silas AvisProvider: LSELondon, England2022/23 Year Abroad I never appreciated how different the intensity of sporting events is when you are here versus when you are in the US. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several matches as well as an NFL game, all which felt extremely different than any sporting event that I have been to back home. I’ve been an Aston Villa fan for several years now despite them just barely avoiding relegation the past few years, but I would never call myself anything more than a casual fan at best. But at the start of the new year […]

Jake Porter: Post 3

Jake PorterProvider: LSELondon, England2022/23 Year Abroad People dress differently in London. Almost everyone wears business casual or formal attire. London is a fashionable city; however, the cold and windy weather certainly encourages long pants and large coats. I haven’t changed the way I dress other than wearing pants and a jacket more often. People dress the way I expected them to. Attire is like New York City with very few colors being worn. People in London work diligently while remembering to enjoy life throughout the week. I have significantly more time freedom in London than at Hampden-Sydney. Attendance is taken […]

Jake Porter: Post 2

Jake PorterProvider: LSELondon, England2022/23 Year Abroad On my commute to class, I pass two parks, a bunch of hotels, and some of my favorite places to eat. I hear the cars, buses, and birds on my way to class. My walk to class is 20 minutes; and, there is a bus that I can take, but walking is my preferred option. Most students live farther than 20 minutes away by foot and those students often take the Underground. I find the Underground (also known as the tube or subway) to be useful when trying to get across the city quickly, […]

Jake Porter: Post 1

  Jake PorterProvider: LSELondon, England2022/23 Year Abroad Before applying to H-SC, I had the LSE on my mind as a potential opportunity. When I went to alumni events with my dad, Jason Porter ‘94, Hampden-Sydney Alumni would subtly mention The London School of Economics, which I believe is where the thought of applying was planted in my head. Halfway through my sophomore year, I chose to apply to the General Course program, a one-year study abroad course. With the help of Dr. Strayer, Dr. Thornton, and Dr. Widdows, I was accepted into the program. The LSE was the best option […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 7

Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandSpring 2022 Being back since my Spring Break in March has been a crazy past month. Our in-person classes have ended, so that we can prepare for final exams and papers. The London School of Economics basically gives its students weeks off to study for finals in May and June. This has been very refreshing because it has given me ample time to revise and reframe for the papers and finals. Instead of having to balance class and work like we normally must do at Sydney, I have been able to relax and learn the […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 6

Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandSpring 2022 Church in PortugalFinally – a trip to enjoy another country! Portugal!One of the reasons I was excited to participate in the Study Abroad program at H-SC was the opportunity to go to other European countries. COVID has wreaked havoc on my plans – until this month. Over the past week, I was able to travel to Portugal for a long weekend. The airfare was really low, so I traveled with three new friends. I visited both Porto and Lisbon. I would highly recommend going to Porto. Most travel brochures take pictures of Porto […]