Updated: Jan 31, 2019
This week I started my first classes as a product design student at Central Saint Martins. To be honest it wasn't all that scary. Luckily, I have had the experience of going to several new schools so I knew making friends wouldn't be that hard for me, plus I like to talk...a lot.
Since I was in the Integrated Study Abroad Program at Central Saint Martins, Andrea and I were the only two study abroad students in a 104 student class. Monday was admittedly a little scary going in; I knew my classroom, but I still didn't have a schedule so I had no idea what the day held. Walking into my first class, Andrea and I were the first two students to arrive, everyone else was still dragging their feet in vacation mode. Within ten minutes everyone else started showing up and filing in. One person introduced himself to us right away. I don't know if it was because he was a student representative for the class or what, but a guy named Sam Beaney introduced himself to us with a friendly smile. His friends followed suit introducing themselves one by one. Little did I know this was going to be the group of friends that I would tag along with for the next week.
Classes flew by so much faster than I could have anticipated. The first day of class, I had a four hour lecture and the second day consisted of almost a 12 hour day full of lectures and design briefs. Although it was incredibly interesting and exciting, sitting through a day of lectures like that was exhausting. Besides the long lectures, I am extremely excited to say that I will be working on another sponsored studio project for the next several months! Although I cannot disclose the company I will be working for, this "term" is going to be one amazing adventure. A sponsored studio project is a perfect way to work directly with a real company, like you would in an internship, but this way I gain experiential learning credits and it goes directly towards the credits I need to graduate. At the end of the project, the company will be choosing several projects that they like for immediate production. That means at the end of my term at Central Saint Martins, I have a chance to have a product produced and receive payment for my design. Although this is a small chance, it is exciting none the less!
Somehow I lucked out and didn't have class on Wednesday so I took that time I would have spent in class to catch up on some much needed sleep. Somehow I slept till 2 pm and still made it on time to my class enrollment later that afternoon. Supposedly the study abroad office was going to fix my missing schedule situation, but it never happened. I spent the rest of my week pestering my classmates and asking what class was next and when everything was at.
Meet The Crew!
For a majority of the week, I stuck around with Sam and his group of friends. Just four days after meeting these people, we were already in the pub joking over drinks and burgers. It was so touching how quickly they accepted me into their friend group. This was Friday night, when we went to a Wetherspoon's Pub or "spoons" as they called it. It had cheap drinks, cheap food, and an awesome environment to hang out and talk for a couple hours.
After the pub, we went to an apartment owned by several of the people I was out with. We spent the rest of the night hanging out and playing Cards Against Humanity. It was honestly the most fun I have had since coming to London.
Friday Night Shenanigans
On the left is a picture that I snapped quick while we were playing. The quality sucks but its just another memorable photograph of my night out with my new friends. From left to right it is Annie (You can't really see her besides her knee), Georgina, Joe, Phoebe, Ed, Sam, Sam, Dian Lin, and Neeraka (Who you can't see on my right).
Weekend #2 In London
The rest of the weekend was spend adventuring around central London. I rented a camera lens from the CSM Central Loan Store and set out to the streets. Turns out security is not fond of professional cameras in downtown London. I was stopped three times by security asking what I was taking pictures of. Either way, I had so much fun using my free time to adventure in my new home away from home.
I ended my weekend meeting up with Paige at the Globe Pub on Baker Street where I got to meet her new friends over a pint. It was a little pricey for my budget, but it was a really nice sports pub and a classy environment. Paige is studying abroad at Westminster College in Marlyebone, about an hour and a half away from where I am. Just like the rest of the week, this weekend flew by but has left me eager to see what this great city has in store for me.