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 […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 5

Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandSpring 2022 Back on an empty Millennium Bridge! Hello! From Round 2 in London. I have been back at school for 3 weeks and it has been a hectic few weeks, to say the least. Initially, on my return, I was worried about how the city was with COVID-19, as the reports coming out of the country were very conflicting. However, as soon as I landed, I was reassured that my term was not going to be significantly affected by more COVID-19 restrictions. In fact, Boris Johnson has announced his plans to make it so […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 4

Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandFall 2021 Study View for Formatives I am back in the United States for the next few weeks for the holidays and am extremely excited to get some much-needed rest. As I mentioned in my previous blog, the formative assignments are extensive – taking up considerable time – and that routine did not let up into my last week at LSE. I ended up spending a lot of time on campus studying, and you can see the views are amazing. Until I was on the plane, I was in a constant state of running from […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 3

Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandFall 2021 The Social Side:Since my last blog, a lot has happened. I have had some fantastic experiences with my fellow General Course students in the City of London. For example, I have visited Saville Row, the premier place in London, if not the world, for Bespoke suits. Realize that this is not just about the suit, but also the experience. The fitting rooms do look like the James Bond or Kingsmen movies – and the options are amazing, “would you like tortoiseshell buttons?” These suits run several thousand dollars. I went for my first […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 2

Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandFall 2021 A Pandemic Beginning: Since being in London, I have been able to only experience life as a student in self-isolation. On my first day of classes, I was greeted with an unwelcomed email informing me that I need to isolate due to someone on my floor contracting a breakout case of the virus. Before my isolation, I was able to explore the city and see some marvelous sites and I look forward to continuing my sightseeing adventures. There are several Americans in the program, so it has been fun to talk with them […]

Franz Gilbert: Post 1

  Franz GilbertLondon School of EconomicsLondon, EnglandFall 2021   Why I decided to go to LSE:I have wanted to attend the London School of Economics since I was a Junior in High School visiting Hampden-Sydney. I heard a speaker at a leadership program discussing his time with the “General Course.” Since then, I have had a one-track mind to get there. When I first arrived on the H-SC campus, I was eager to meet those who attended LSE and hear what they had to say. Funny enough, the last three people who attended the General Course became my dear friends […]

Raymond LeBlanc: Post 4

Raymond LeBlanc London School of Economics and Political Science London, England Spring 2021 Blog 4 I agreed to take an eleven-day trip with two complete strangers. Well, most people would consider two people, one from Massachusetts and one from Jaipur, both of whom you had met the month before complete strangers. However, in the short time that I knew these two guys we became pretty good friends. We all shared a massive itch to get the most out of our time abroad. This shared characteristic was all we needed to say, “let’s take an eleven day road trip into a […]

Raymond LeBlanc: Post 3

Raymond LeBlancLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondon, EnglandSpring 2021 MayTime is flying here in the UK. This is because I have started filling my free time with more and more interesting activities. This past week, I planned a road trip to Scotland with two of my friends who are also from the United States. I am amazed at how willing three strangers are to spend 11 days driving together from the midlands to the highlands. Even more amazing is the three of us met a friend from London who will let us put 1,500 miles on his car! Absolutely […]