Hello, world. My name is Kelsie DeAnna Walters, and I am starting a blog. Maybe you know me as Kelsie, maybe as Dee, maybe as something else, or maybe not at all. In any case, I have been passionate about writing for most of my life, and blogging seems like the perfect way to put that passion to use.
I’ve been considering starting a blog for over a year now, but I’ve put it off because it’s a surprisingly big undertaking. I finally decided to get serious about it, however, when I realized it would be the ultimate way to keep my friends and family back home updated while I study abroad in London this semester. That’s right, I’ll be hopping on a plane tomorrow and spending this semester in London, England!
I’m a sophomore at Mississippi College, and for the next three months I will be participating in their London Semester Study Abroad Program. MC’s London Semester Program is unique. While most study abroad programs simply send students to study at a university in another country, the London Semester offers twenty students the opportunity to study in London under two MC professors and three British professors while seeing all the sights the city has to offer and experiencing British culture first-hand. A variety of plays, galleries, museums, and historical sites are included in the program.
For most of the trip I will be staying at the Celtic Hotel, a family owned and operated bed and breakfast with a great central location in Bloomsbury within walking distance of the British Museum, Covent Garden, and more. I will also spend a month of the trip in homestay with a British family. During spring break, the program tours parts of Scotland and Wales, and the students have a free long weekend in April to spend however we wish. I plan to use that time to visit Northern Ireland so I will have seen the entire United Kingdom.
I am extremely blessed and grateful to have been chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I intend to document my experiences on this blog as regularly as possible: my goal is to post once a week. I hope to keep blogging when I return to the States as well. If you’d like to stay up to date on my experiences, you can subscribe in the sidebar to receive an email each time I make a new post. Or to learn more about me and my blog, check out my about page linked at the top of the page. Thanks for reading! I hope to see you back next week so I can tell you all about my first few days in the Big Smoke.