London Study Abroad-Day 3 (First day of class!)

British word of the day: Plasters (band-aids)

Use it in a sentence: I need more plasters to cover the back of my heels from all the walking I’m doing. 

Monday was my first day of official class and my Westminster orientation. I was feeling a bit sick that morning and wasn’t sure if it was from lack of sleep, the seafood I ate the night before, or the water here perhaps since it’s less purified I heard. However, my coordinator insured me the water is fine to drink as long as it’s not from any place that says “Not drinking water” (makes sense). I bought a cute fruit salad on the way to orientation, and it made me feel a lot better.

At orientation, we sat in a large lecture hall and got a welcome packet with our class schedule, Westminster rules, a map, invitation to the farewell party, a few more paper and our ID card (my pic is so awful since it’s my passport picture). From there we had lunch together, and the university provided the cutest little sandwiches! One thing I love about London is that they have Salt and *specifically cider* vinegar chips EVERYWHERE (my fav).

Our professors then escorted us to our classrooms, and my class only has five people (all girls too)! His name is Alexander Sinclair, and here we call our professors by their FIRST names! There’s also tons of cussing here, and it’s a completely normal thing in the classroom. It’s a bit more laid back and less conservative than what I’m used to, but I don’t mind at all either. My professor explained that our class will be fairly easy because he wants us to enjoy the city. We will watch a different legal film every day, and then we will analyze and discuss it as a class. Our only assignment is a 3000 word essay at the end of the course. Sweet! My class time is 10-2 p.m., but we will typically get out around a half hour to an hour early. We have class Monday through Thursday with Fridays off! Here’s a list of what movies we’re watching and analyzing:

  • The Verdict (Dramatic Law)
  • The Devil’s Advocate (Dramatic Law)
  • My Cousin Vinny (Dramatic Law)
  • Solstorm (Dramatic Law)
  • In the Name of the Father (“True Stories”)
  • Talvar (“True Stories”)
  • The Rising: The Ballard of Mangal Panday (“True Stories”)
  • Erin Brockovich (“True Stories”)
  • The Hurricane (Ethical and Moral Issues)
  • Philadelphia (Ethical and Moral Issues)
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Ethical and Moral Issues)
  • Pierrepoint (Ethical and Moral Issues)

Quick quote convo from class (or as similar as I can remember it):

Professor: Just so you know I swear a lot. You’ll notice it’s pretty f***ing common here. Is that okay?

Girl in class: It’s totally f***ing okay.

Me to myself: Todo, you’re not at Olivet anymore…(but don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds! It’s very normal here actually and gives me perspective on life outside what I know or am accustomed to).

The girls in my class are Grace from Wisconsin, Emilee from New York, Sara from Pennsylvania, and Madison from Australia. I bonded with Madison quickly sitting next to one another, and she was kind enough to add me to her group’s chat who all live in my Hall! After class I walked around shopping places with Madison and met some of her friends in the group chat like Anne and Derek who happen to go to Eastern Illinois University! I then met up with Jack, Dani, and Bekah from my CEA crew and had the most AMAZING Italian dinner ever! I would eat there every day if I could.

After dinner I was able to buy a fan (FINALLY) and another adapter (I thought the one I borrowed didn’t work…turns out I wasn’t using it right, oh well). We hungout at Marylebone Hall (where every other CEA person lives in my group) for a bit until I went home around 7-8 p.m. I was pretty tired after some long, busy days, so I relaxed in my room for the rest of the evening. I decided I’m going to blog at some point about lessons I’ve learned in London as well as some other topics similar. Stay tuned!

P.S. One, I love that some of the local grocery stores have “to-go” meals, and they’re delicious honestly! I’ve had their salmon and cream cheese sandwich with lemon dressing as well as tomato basil spread, bread, chicken, lettuce and tomato. They have meal deals that include a drink and chips (for only 3 pounds!) otherwise they’re pretty cheap and really yummy.

Second, here’s the cute ID card case the university gave us!



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