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Hinsley Hall, Leeds
Jul 31, 2014

Hinsley Hall, Leeds

British Museum, London. Probably my favorite museum in the world. 
Jul 12, 2014 / 1 note

British Museum, London. Probably my favorite museum in the world. 

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel—as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them—wherever you go.
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 1, 2014 / 5 notes
A little church in a little town in the Lake District. 
Jun 28, 2014

A little church in a little town in the Lake District. 

May 28, 2014
Isla Vista - my home for the past three years. I am the person I am today because of this beautifully dilapidated oceanside community, where everyone is younger and more carefree than they will ever be for the rest of their lives. Isla Vista is a place where the music is always loud, the streets are always crowded, and the inhabitants pursue the same purely unadulterated high of living. When you live in IV, IV is the center of your universe. Nothing else matters. And that’s okay. 
I am struggling to process how something so terrible could happen here. The evil that has now tainted this place. It doesn’t make sense. This situation is the definition of the word senseless. I cannot stop thinking about it, and every time I do, the same thoughts go through my mind: everything about this is wrong. This never should have happened, and how could he have slipped through the cracks, and why didn’t anyone help him, and how is our society so broken, to the point where this is referred to as the LATEST SHOOTING? 
I am at a loss for words that can convey the confusion and frustration and pain. I’m shattered by this.
May 25, 2014 / 392 notes

Isla Vista - my home for the past three years. I am the person I am today because of this beautifully dilapidated oceanside community, where everyone is younger and more carefree than they will ever be for the rest of their lives. Isla Vista is a place where the music is always loud, the streets are always crowded, and the inhabitants pursue the same purely unadulterated high of living. When you live in IV, IV is the center of your universe. Nothing else matters. And that’s okay. 

I am struggling to process how something so terrible could happen here. The evil that has now tainted this place. It doesn’t make sense. This situation is the definition of the word senseless. I cannot stop thinking about it, and every time I do, the same thoughts go through my mind: everything about this is wrong. This never should have happened, and how could he have slipped through the cracks, and why didn’t anyone help him, and how is our society so broken, to the point where this is referred to as the LATEST SHOOTING? 

I am at a loss for words that can convey the confusion and frustration and pain. I’m shattered by this.

Travel. It’s the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer.
May 20, 2014 / 2 notes
The tube. 
May 18, 2014

The tube. 

Apr 27, 2014 / 3 notes

duuph:

For those that don’t know - I sing a bit, and play.. a bit. 

Give it a whirl. 

Pardon the not-so-humble brag, but I snagged a pretty dreamy boyfriend. Even after two years together, he still knows how to make my heart melt. This renewed long distance situation is still sucky as ever, but being able to listen to his voice whenever I’m really missing him is such an amazing thing. 

View of the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf from the Emirates Air Line (also known as the Thames cable car) across the River Thames in London. 
Every time I’m in London, I have a completely new experience. I had no idea that this cable car existed until I just happened to be staying in a hotel right next to it. Most locals don’t make use of it, probably because tickets costs twice as much as a standard tube journey…but COME ON. Look at that view. It’s priceless. Obviously, if you’re scared of heights, I wouldn’t recommend climbing into a little box dangling from a thin wire 90 meters above water. But otherwise, this is one of those underrated attractions that gives you a view every bit as spectacular as that from the London Eye…but for a fraction of the cost. 
Apr 20, 2014

View of the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf from the Emirates Air Line (also known as the Thames cable car) across the River Thames in London

Every time I’m in London, I have a completely new experience. I had no idea that this cable car existed until I just happened to be staying in a hotel right next to it. Most locals don’t make use of it, probably because tickets costs twice as much as a standard tube journey…but COME ON. Look at that view. It’s priceless. Obviously, if you’re scared of heights, I wouldn’t recommend climbing into a little box dangling from a thin wire 90 meters above water. But otherwise, this is one of those underrated attractions that gives you a view every bit as spectacular as that from the London Eye…but for a fraction of the cost. 

The plus side to English rain? Rainbows. 
Apr 14, 2014 / 1 note

The plus side to English rain? Rainbows. 

What I would GIVE to be back in Leeds during Christmas time. 
Apr 13, 2014 / 20 notes

What I would GIVE to be back in Leeds during Christmas time. 

The cemetery at Bolton Abbey.
Apr 6, 2014 / 5 notes

The cemetery at Bolton Abbey.

Missing the English countryside today. Sigh.
Mar 8, 2014 / 8 notes

Missing the English countryside today. Sigh.

Feb 26, 2014 / 1 note

Studying/Living Abroad: Advantages in the Workplace

So I’ve been back in California for about three weeks now, and let me tell you, the job search struggle is REAL. I’ve worn a pantsuit way more times in the past few weeks than I’d care to count, and pantsuits are fundamentally at odds with who I am as a person…so I’m definitely ready to be employed now. Anyone hiring? ANYONE?!

Anyway…

While I am still waiting to hear back from most of the companies that I’ve interviewed with, I can say that I have had quite a bit of success in being contacted in the first place to set up an interview. And I think a large part of that has to do with my experience living and studying abroad. People are naturally intrigued by international experience; it shows independence,  cultural sensitivity, curiosity, and is a really unique bullet point on an otherwise normal-looking resume. And this is why it’s always a good idea to study abroad if you have the chance.

One of the first things the hiring manager or recruiter will ask when I meet with them is: Why did you spend time in the UK? This, ladies and gentlemen, is your time to shine. It’s your time to tell them about how you’re always trying to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and learn about new cultures, and interact with people from all walks of life. You can tell them about how you are adaptable and able to jump into any situation at the deep end and still manage to swim. And a lot of the time, if you’re interviewing with a more senior member of the company or an executive, they will have been lucky enough to travel the world too, and it could be a great way to find common ground and spark conversation.

All I’m saying is, studying abroad during college is totally NOT a waste of time or resources. There are so many ways to market the skills and experiences you obtained during your travels (minus learning how to say “I’m drunk as f***” in another language). And if you intern or work during your time abroad, even better! Having experience in another country definitely gives you an edge over the competition, because many college students spend their years focused solely on getting in, spending four years doing what they have to do, and getting out. But not you, my fellow wanderlusters. You can go out there and make your mark on the world (or have the world leave its mark on you, which is probably more likely), and come back home to open doors that wouldn’t necessarily have been open otherwise. 

Just some food for thought for anybody who is currently contemplating or debating going abroad!