Claire in London

Claire is a junior majoring in history and anthropology, with a minor in political science, in Dedman College. In fall 2011 she is studying at King’s College London with IFSA-Butler, in partnership with SMU Abroad.

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Freshers Week

Hello!

The first week or orientation here at King’s College is referred to as “Freshers Week.” Everyone moves in, and there are events every night designed to get students out of their flats and meeting new people.

In just my first day of being on campus, I learned a lot of things. For example, don’t be surprised to walk into an on-campus freshman meet and greet  and see everyone holding a beer in their hands that they picked up from a vending machine. Don’t tell your flat mates you are going to change into “pants” because they will assume you are not wearing underwear. Differentiating between crisps, chips, and cookies will give you a violent headache. People don’t say “different strokes for different folks” and “al-loo-min-nium” is what you wrap your “jacket potatoes” in.

It’s funny to find out the perceptions that other people have of Americans. People genuinely believe we Texans each have at least 2 semi-automatic weapons that we whip out when we get into a desert gunfight at the local saloon. Of course, I have assumptions about the British that are equally laughable.

So far, everything is going wonderfully. I am sharing a flat with four other girls and find them to be quite charming and friendly. We spent the day wandering the neighborhood, laughing at slight miscommunications and discussing what ‘brisket’ was.  I will try to post some pictures of my room and flat soon.

Cheers,

Claire

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