Inspired by Counting Down

In one week, I'll be in London.  Wow.  That makes it so real, doesn't it?  It seems like so long ago since I got the email telling me I had been accepted, and it's actually a funny story.  

I knew I was going to be finding out within the next week or so and I was losing it.  I'm normally pretty patient, but in this case, boy was I impatient!  I had gotten out early from a lab and was visiting with my friend Tyler and, I kid you not, I had just said, "Oh my god, I just want to find out about LSE!" when my phone buzzed with an email from my program advisor.  All I saw was the subject line, "LSE Acceptance" and my heart literally stopped.  I waited for the email to load (at this moment, Fordham's wifi was not on my side) and I read the words that changed my life.  Tyler was the first to hear and then I dashed out into the hall to call my mom and I got to say, "Mom, I got into the London School of Economics!"  For a while after that, it seemed like a far away dream, but being home these last few weeks has made it a reality.  I've been making lists, putting in my meal request for my flight, registering for classes, etc.  I'm SO excited for my classes because I basically get to spend an entire year studying politics and the Middle East at one of the world's best institutions for social sciences.  I know I must sound like a bit of a snob, but let's be real here, it's the London School of Economics.  I finally got to pick my classes the other day and here's what I chose:

I was torn on the last choice between a class called "From Empire to Civilisation" and the Arab-Israeli Conflict course but then I said to myself, "I'm a Middle East Studies major - how could I not take an entire year-long course on the Arab-Israeli Conflict?  Also, I love politics dearly, but I think I'll need to change it up a bit :)  So, the Arab-Israeli Conflict it is!

I love the academic model that LSE and most British schools take, as well.  For each course, I'll have one hour of lecture and one hour of seminar a week. The lectures are open to everyone who wants to come (meaning I can go to any lecture I want! #nerdstatus) but the seminars are capped at 13 or so students.  What I love about the model is that the professors or "tutors" view you not as students who need to be taught, but fellow scholars who are interested in their fields as well.  It's more of a cooperative mentality.  You're expected to do a lot of outside reading and research, as well, so you can learn as much or as little as you want and this will come through in seminar.  Sound intimidating?  Absolutely, but my two years of being homeschooled sparked this love of research and exploration-driven learning that I think fits this model.  I can't wait to read and learn all that I can.

I've also been doing quite a bit of shopping (hello, JCrew fall rollout!) so stay tuned for a photoshoot!  

Until then,

Inspired to be,

Katherine