Jessica Barreno

London School of Economic & Political Science

Describe your typical day: I lived in Bankside, south of the river near all the major London sights. Every morning I would run by the Thames, then take the twenty minute walk to my school, which is so gorgeous—a lot of students walk. LSE is in the Strand, which is a high traffic area with lots of restaurants and cafes. Most of my classes and lectures were in the mornings so in the afternoons I would go to LSE office hours or meet a friend and go do something new in the city. London has a vibrant coffee scene; there are so many great cafes to do work in. 

Favorite food discovered while abroad: I loved going to East London for Indian food. My favorite Indian restaurants were Lahore and Tayyab’s.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? I liked to study in the parks. There were awesome parks like Regent’s, Hyde, and Hampstead Heath.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? LSE draws big names, there’s always a great scholar, politician, or diplomat on campus. I loved being in a place that was the center of so much academic thought. I realized I had cited some LSE professors’ works to write papers at CMC. I also loved the independence of living in a new city for 9 months.

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus? Navigating social life was a challenge because I didn't stay with American students or live in the dorms. Another challenge was realizing that there is not much academic guidance outside of class in comparison. CMC is such a comfortable and supportive place.

Advice: Research London neighborhoods and makes sure you like the place you are going to live.