So it's been more than a little while :P
Hi guys! ☺️
This is a post I had hoped I would get to write for forever and I was supposed to straight after I got the news - but life from the middle of 2016 was just a lot, in a lot of ways.
But here we are in 2017, here I am in London, and something I had been hoping/working for for the past 3 years has come to life.
I remember imagining that one day I would be able to write the blogpost title you're looking at above.
It's a bit insane.
So, backstory: Since I started uni I wanted to do an exchange and very quickly after looking into all the possibilities my heart got set on University College London.
Very few people knew about it because:
a. It was a competitive uni to get into and I kept thinking what happened if the year I was applying happened to be a year where all the other people applying for UCL were better than me :P
b. The process for applying for exchange (and waiting for confirmation) was sooo gruelling/intense/drawn out
c. I am very much the person who likes to keep things to themselves until it's all confirmed.
And then this happened...
And now, I'm in London.
UCL is an amazing, reputable institution and especially great for what I'm studying - I wanted the experience of attending this uni.
London, living in London, I don't think I need to say more about that - I feel very grateful.
Can someone say weekend trips to Paris (and so many places in Europe?) :P SO. EXCITED.
The process for getting here was a lot. I was so, so, so anxious waiting to hear SOMETHING from them. I just wanted to know. I was so worried it wouldn't happen and as much as I'm a believer in everything happening for a reason, this thing, this thing was something I just really, really wanted, wanted so bad.
One morning I woke up, grabbed my phone, refreshed my email as I had anxiously been doing every single day for a while back then, and UCL's name popped up in my list - the email title was:
Offer to study at UCL
It was real and now that I'm here, I can confirm it's 100% real.
Sometimes I am walking down the streets here and I still can't believe it.
If only 18 year old Raashi knew that it would have all worked out :P
There was a lot happening in the lead up to me coming here and so it was hard at times that I was leaving home but I was also so, SO excited to do something for me.
Everyone told me I would get homesick and sad initially when I got here for the first few days, but I had been anticipating this for so long and I know what I usually am like with new experiences, I just didn't think it would be the case, I was just so excited.
The final few days before leaving I was super emotional. At times I was even thinking why I was doing this to myself, haha. But at the same time I always still had that excitement about everything I had been waiting for to be coming my way.
I have been here for officially one month today and that is crazy to me, I don't know whether time has gone fast or slow, but luckily I am so enjoying it and I always knew I would. I had been feeling like this was the right time for me to do something like this for a while now. And I'm doing it!
I have been so out of the blogging world for a bunch of different reasons but this experience is so special to me, I do want to have my record of it on here ☺️
I decided a little while before coming that I would do a video for every month that I am here and you'll be seeing January's Video Recap tomorrow! ☺️
I hope I get more into blogging again and get to read all of your lovely posts from time to time - in between all the exploring...and even some studying, hahaha.
So I guess this is it for now...? Haha, just a good ol' hello from little me in London Town! (So crazy!!!)
They're all linked so you should just be able to click on them! :)